I’ve been reading a lot of the forums on queenlesness because I think my hive has given their queen the boot.
When I looked one week ago there were eggs visible, not a lot of them, but still a good handful on one frame, but no sign of the queen. I had evidence of eggs so I wasn’t concerned.
This week, there are no eggs. The frame that had the small number of eggs last week is now a small section of larvae. The rest of the frames are capped brood, some are empty, and then lots and lots of pollen and nectar.
The bees were also pretty vocal and more aggressive today then they have ever been before. (In the month that I have had them).
I’m gonna give it a couple more days to make sure, but I have a replacement queen set up for pick up on Monday if I want it.
My curiosity is, why would a hive not replace a failing queen?
In my case there were eggs available to make into an emergency queen, but they never did, and I’ve read some other threads where the keeper introduced a frame of egg and brood and still the hive did not self re-queen.
What do the experts and the opinion makers out there think?
Acton, Ontario, Canada