OK. Got a big problem. I put 20 packages in hives yesterday. One package had a dead queen.
Another hive got the queen out to quickly and swarmed, Flew the coup, Checked out, left the nest, gone bye bye. You get the picture.
I think I found them in the hive with the dead queen. There has to be 20-30k bee's in this hive.
The way we packaged them was to pull out 4 frames Dump the bee's in. Put in the queen squished between the frames. One frame in each had comb already. Put the box on top of the frames and put an empty deep on top with the feeder cover and left over can over the hole.
There are so many bee's in this hive that there is no way to sort through weather they have a queen or not. It was just a two deeps of bee's ooze. It was almost scary to open.
I am going to throw 10 more frames in the top box to give them something constructive to do.
Oh the fun of beekeeping. It always throws you curve balls.