Last month I received my first package of bees. After months of study and preparation I could not wait to introduce the bees to their new hive. However, I did not realize the queen cage had two corks, and, being the rube that I am, I inadvertently opened the wrong one, immediately releasing the queen. Long story short, she has not been seen since, and I now have a hive of laying workers and an abundance of what appears to be all drone larvae. I do not have another hive to introduce new brood from. The apiary has now attempted to send me two new queens and their progress is being halted at a sorting facility in North Houston. They are attempting to send me a new queen with a "push-in cage", which they said should work.
I have another brood box with new frames. Should I shake out the hive 100 yards away and put the new box and new frames in the place of the current hive? I do have a single frame of built out brood comb that another beekeeper was kind enough to lend me, but I do not feel comfortable asking him for a brood frame of live bees. This has been extremely frustrating, and I almost feel like throwing in the towel and starting again next year.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.