One of my hives swarmed a few weeks ago. They raised a new queen which just started laying about a week ago. She is very small compared to other queens I have seen (not many, I only have four hives). She is also a very poor layer with a very spotty brood pattern.
Is size an indication of queen quality?
Although the hive is queen right they are still making and filling queen cells on the bottom of the frames. I am not sure if this is because they want to swarm or they want another queen. The brood nest has been filled with capped honey in the second deep. In the lower deep there are four frames filled with mainly pollen and a little nectar. Leaving only about five frames available for raising brood. One of which is full of capped brood. There is one half full super on top the hive.
My queen will arrive in two days. I plan on killing the small queen and introducing the mated queen. Where should I place here within the hive? How should I address the shrunken brood nest? Should I replace some frames with undrawn foundation?
This is my first year beekeeping and would appreciate any insight or suggestions.