Seven days ago I purchased/ received and installed two marked/yellow painted queens, both with attendants and candy escapes. One queen was quickly released by the hive after 3 days. I thoroughly inspected that hive today and the queen was nowhere to be found after 15 minutes of looking at frames. I didn’t find a carcass either. I didn’t see capped brood either. Should I start to worry? How long before capped brood appear? Am I missing something in this equation? If I can’t find the queen on the next inspection, should I combine the hives if the second queen is found and seems well or should I wait? Or ???
The second queen with attendants I released today as they would have finished eating through by tomorrow anyway. I probably should have just let the bee’s do it but I want to inspect that hive in a few days to see how she is doing. How long should I wait before checking on her? Many thanks. Dusty
Update on queens. I visited the hives today. Bad news/Good news scenario. Bad news is that the hives are weaker in number do to a large amount of drowned bee’s in livestock tanks. Good news, though I didn’t spot the queens, there is capped brood and larva in each hive which is all positive. Onward and Upward!