I’ve had my bees for just over a year. They were a captured swarm from a friends house so the queen must be a couple of years old at least.
The last 2 inspections I’ve noticed less larva and the capped brood seems patchy. Plenty of pollen and honey and lots of bees. They have two brood boxes so plenty of room for them.
On Monday I found empty queen cups on the bottom of a few frames and 1 capped queen cell (I’m assuming supersedure cell because it was on the top third of a frame). Unfortunately I didn’t know it was there and the side of it ripped open when I was pulling the frame out - I could see a larva and lots of jelly.
Will the bees fix this or do they deem it a goner and start again?
I’m thinking of just buying a new queen but unsure how add her to the hive - especially as I don’t know if my old queen is still in there, or if there is a virgin queen about to hatch/already hatched and gone to mate etc.
What would people suggest I do?