Being sure that two of my hives didn’t have a queen, I ordered two new mated queens. I don’t have a delivery date yet, but discovered that at least one of my hives (a split, actually) DOES have a queen. Didn’t see her in person, but there were eggs and uncapped brood. The other hive, mother of that split which has swarmed after splitting, had a negative queen test, but no eggs yet, when I checked. So maybe there’s a young queen that has yet to begin laying?
So my problem is now, what to do with the new queens? I’m not sure if I can still cancel the order. Plus, I don’t know if I do need at least one queen. I only have one free magazine at the moment, for my order of new hives is delayed. Could I try to tinker something to make it a two appartment house? And then? After all I’ve read, I’d take something like 3 frames with capped brood and one or two frames full of food and pollen per queen, plus the bees on them, then set this up one or two days before the arrival of the queens, so the old foragers will return to the mother hive. Then I can safely introduce the queen, right? Then, if I discover that I need a queen for the above hive, I’ll just transfer those 4-5 frames incl. queen?