On 18/12/2016, I gave 2 brood frames to my bee buddy as two of his hives were queenless. In that exercise, I believe my queen went missing.
It could have been :
a) accidentally transferred with the brood frames; or
b) accidentally killed while inspecting; or
c) just ran off with Don Juan down the road!!! LOL
Anyway, I recently found just one capped queen cell on 26/12/2016 in the brood box. It was all white and I calculated it has been 8 days since my last inspection.
I could see no new eggs, only larvae. The bees were more agitated than usual, maybe due to the lack of a queen’s pheromones!
I’m just worried that with one queen cell, how likely is it to be successful for her to emerge, mate and begin laying again in two weeks?
Any thoughts are welcome!