These truly are hypothetical, but I'm curious to get peoples' opinions.
1st Q: Suppose you hived a new package of bees, then opened up the hive the next day to see if the queen had been released. If she hadn't and you decided to release her manually, but she escaped and flew off in the process, how likely is it that she would go back into the hive and be accepted?
2nd Q: Suppose you hived a new colony and, for whatever reason, you knew that the queen died shortly thereafter, before she was able to lay any eggs, so that there were no eggs from which to raise a new queen. So, new colony with no queen or eggs. Would the colony be able to get by or sustain itself for 2-3 weeks until a new queen could be installed or would it be a total disaster?
I'm interested to hear everyone's opinions on this. Thanks.