I appear to have three hives with no queens.The bees have no brood, are filling the brood chamber with honey, and absolutely won't work any new foundation . I even put drawn foundation on, they won't do anything but hang out in it. All three hives are full of bees, and some are getting aggressive. the bees are buckfast and I would like to keep them that way( buckfast not aggressive). So ordering new ones is not an option ,At least if I can help it.
Weavers price I think is 26$. and I don't like the idea of getting bees from as far south as Texas. I tried putting a frame of eggs in one hive, all they did was raise them up and cap. They made no cells. Two days ago I put a frame of eggs into one of the other hives . these eggs were smaller than the first frame I tried. I'm thinking the problem was too old of eggs the first time. On the second frame these eggs were about the size of the eyelet of a needle.
I'm hoping that they make more than one queen cell.If they do, whats the chances of them all being on one frame ? If they all are on one frame whats the best way to place a cell in the other hives?
If all else fails what do you think about combining a small swarm that I've captured with each one. I have no idea what type of bees they are.( not mine) I've caught four so far this year from around the area. I've never tried the newspaper trick. A friend said he hasn't had much luck with it.
Or should I just order some local italians and try them?