Hi, I inspected the hive 8 days ago and all seemed well.
I looked in 4 days ago and could see larvae and found some queen cells. I panicked and destroyed these. Afterwards, I realised that they could well be emergency cells.
2 days ago, I looked into the hive and could find no larvae or queen cells . So I presume the queen is dead… I’m guessing I killed her during my inspection 8 days ago and then have prevented the hive from producing another. Very frustrated with myself.
I’ve got plenty of capped brood in the brood box.
From phoning around it sounds like getting a new queen quickly is going to be difficult. I’ve been told by a local breeder that all the breeders she knows are having a difficult time atm.
I’ve got one queen breeder, who is going to inspect his hives in a few days but I’m not sure when he’d be able to get one to me.
What should I do?
Another beekeeper has offered me a frame of brood to help out. If there are eggs in that brood, could they make emergency queen cells from them?