You have a queen ; -)
I am not an ub er experienced beek. I’ve been helping my dad off and on for around 8 years now, so this is my first all ‘mine’ hive. That said, I feel plenty confident saying that if you have a bee hive with bees coming in and out the front door you have an excellent chance of having a Queen, even if she seems like she has a cloak of invisibility. Queens are stealthy and I have often had a hard time in the past spotting the little witches.
Most hives have a queen or there wouldn’t be bees in the hive, and most new bee keepers fret about if they have one and where she is and how she is doing. You are in good company!
While there is plenty of understandable concern about new Flowhive bee keepers not taking good enough care of their bees, my personal experience has been that far more hives have perished from an over abundance of ‘care’ than from neglect. It took me two years to convince my dad to ‘leave the bees the hell alone, Pop!’ before he ceased messing with them all the time and they settled in and really began to thrive. I think bees do best with a system of benign neglect, where we provide them with what they need to thrive and then get out of their way.
The good news is the bees are flexible and what exactly they need is a pretty flexible paradigm. So no one way is the best ; -)
And I would love to get together! We have a hot tub also, but ours, sadly, is standing on it’s side waiting to be installed ; -)