Brand new beekeeper wannaBEEs. We have only one hive.
We live in Northern Alberta. Just got a nuc yesterday. We left the bees overnight in the nuc near the permanent hive as instructed by the nuc vendor. Today, Jim transferred the nuc frames to the new hive. Some bees were reluctant to leave the nuc, but by days end the nuc was empty, however, a small group of bees has settled in a cell of our hollow pallets. We are worried that possibly this group is protecting the queen? Is it possible that the queen was not transferred to the new hive with the frame. Jim looked at each frame as he transferred them but did not see a queen. Will this group move into the hive? Is it likely that the queen is with this small group? What would be our best move at this point? Thank you for any information you can give us.
Jim and Grace