I have a question...sorry to butt in...but,
What happens if you destroy all the queen cells, end up honey bound and queeless? Will the hive eventually work itself out?
When I was stealing brood from my one hive to put into my packaged bees hive 2, recently, I noticed lots of queen cells on the frames of brood I took. I destroyed those before I put them into the new packaged hive because I didn't think it would be beneficial. But, since I took alot of the queen cells from hive number 1 (I know there were more than 8 from the 3 frames of brood that I counted), I went into the brood box twice trying to add empty frames to keep them from swarming, I wonder how much damage I did. I know this set them back and this is my question. Just how often do they keep rearranging and re-queening themselves? I didn't see much brood in hive 1, but there are sure alot of bees in that hive. Although, it really doesn't matter because I put another super on and decided I wasn't going near the brood chamber in hive #1 again until fall. Well, it matters, but I don't want to bother them anymore, unless I absolutely have to. They are building those supers up very nicely, there are 2 supers on right now and sourwood flow is just around the corner. I really want some honey this year.
~What do you know there's so much to be done
Count all the bees in the hive, Chase all the clouds from the sky~