During an inspection last week, the three central frames from the brood box stuck to the super I was lifting it up, then fell with a crash. Since my frames are foundationless, it was a disaster. Comb broke on all three, I was picking brood comb up from the floor, etc. Aghast, I patched everything up as best as I could, closed up, and prayed that I hadn’t killed the queen.
When re-inspecting today, hoping to find brood or eggs, what I found instead was ZERO open brood, what seemed to me like precious little capped brood, and what seemed like lots of drone brood.
There were also about a dozen queen cells; all but two of them were hollowed out or contained dead bees. I’m hoping this is a good sign, and that there is now a virgin queen loose in the hive. I hope, I hope!
I’ve included photos below- does that look like a queen pupa, or a drone? My fear is that all those queen cells were full of drones due to laying workers / lack of young brood / etc…
When should I re-check for eggs or brood?
Right at this moment, my other hive doesn’t have enough open brood to spare a frame. I’m really concerned that, if no queen starts laying, this hive will just die. How long should I wait before giving up and doing a newspaper merge with my one other hive? The other hive will probably be able to spare a frame of brood within a week or two.
With many, many thanks