I have a smallish hive that I requeened. I put the cage in there last Tuesday. This was one of the wooden queen cages, and it had candy in one end and a cork wedged in the other. When I installed it, I covered the candy end with electrical tape to slow the introduction. I checked on Saturday, and the bees were being aggressive to her, so I put it back in.
I checked after work, and the queen was out and the cork was gone (the electrical tape over the candy end was okay). Question: Can bees remove those corks/what the heck happened?
I did an inspection to see if they had killed her. Good news. First saw eggs, then saw the queen walking around with bees treating her nicely. However, I also had two frames where there were what looked like very small queen cells. I assume that they started rasing queens with old larvae and got some goofy/small queen cells. I tore all of them out that I could find, figuring that they do have eggs at this point.
Question: Should I check for more queen cells or leave it alone at this point?