So I opened up one of my hives and found laying workers. My first year and I have spent a great deal of time with the bees including swarms and cut-outs but this is my first experience with a laying worker.
I have two cut outs planned for next week and was wondering if I could simply run a sheet of newspaper on top of the colony with the laying workers and place a box with the cutout hive on top and let them do their thing naturally.
I have already done this with a queenless hive and it worked great.
Will it work the same way with workers that are laying? Will they self correct or do I need to do something more severe?
I have heard of dumping out the house bees a ways off and then letting the foragers back and repopulate (then I'd place the cut-out colony on top and not worry about getting a laying queen).