I went to requeen my hive, but in my fumbling haste to grab the old queen she flew away. I have searched all around in a 2m radius around the hive but I cannot find her and I doubt she will be able to crawl back into the hive with the setup I have.
What to do now? I have a purchased queen waiting to be installed, but I’m not 100% sure the hive is queenless? I did see her fly off, but maybe she circled back and made it in before I closed up? Hive still seems pretty calm/placid.
If I do a check tomorrow and don’t see her, is there still a decent chance the new queen will be accepted? What if they have already started building a queen cell?
Any advice welcome. I’m located in Perth, WA.