Ok I bought a package of bees this spring. Has been nothing but problems from the start dead bee in the package alittle over a tea cup and dead queen. Supplier replaced her in 3 days but the hive started out weak.
Two weeks after releaseing the new queen I checked the hive and found her and laid eggs but not nearly enough drawn comb. One week later checked the hive looked like no progress or very little had been made and I could not find the queen I assumed I had over looked her. So I waited 2 weeks and yeasterday I went back into the hive I couldnt find the queen and I took every frame out even the ones with out comb. I found eggs and larva but I did find double eggs in some of the cells. Does this mean I have a laying worker. The hive is very week do I try and gaft a queen? Or I might be able to talk a local guy out of one frame of brood, and if so do I let the bees requeen themselves or do I still gaft from that brood frame?
The only plus side is I caught a swarm last sunday and if they work hard maybe I can use there brood but I know there is no way the bought hive will do anything but survive this year.
Can you tell the difference in larva laid by a work and larva laid by the queen.
I know worker larva should be drones but what if its not in drone foundation.
Also what size should the larva be to gaft does anyone have any good close up pics of gafting and the size of the larva.
Also there is caped brood in the weak hive would they cap worker laid larva with a standerd worker cell and cap.
Thanks for any input you might have,