I got six hives that had virgin queens in them a month ago. Now I open up the hives and there are mostly one egg in a cell but also two. I could not find the queens. Also nother hive has eggs in pollen so I am sure that majority of hives are laying workers.
There is nothing but eggs and early stage larvae. No drone capped brood yet.
I am thinking about dumping the bees into my queenright splits. I don't have strong colonies with me now(Out pollinating) and I think it would be a bad idea to dump all bees because they might destroy queens in splits since the queen right colonies have only about 5-7 frames with bees.
I am thinking about making small entrance in my queen right colonies and dump 2 frames of bees each day, that way the laying worker(s) would not be able to get in. I saw one worker laying and I killed her on the spot. Then I squeezed her and the clear spermatheca came out just like a virgin queen. She was a bit fatter too.
Is my plan a good idea?
Also I have a colony who lost its queen early spring. Month a go a put in two queen cells. Day later I found one dead queen in outside. No queen inside. Last week I finally got a virgin queen and put her in the hive. First in a cage then I let her out. She was accepted becasue I could see bees grooming her but then she dissapeared in a day. I think since the laying worker was on bottom chamber they came up and killed her. Now a week later I found two queen cells being raised with larvae and royal jelly. No queen in the hive just eggs from laying worker and drone brood. Could bees be trying to raise a queen out of drone egg? Should I add good eggs from another hive. Before I tried to add brood and they just capped it. Raised no queens. Tried this twice.
The maximum I saw in any cell is two eggs. Never saw three.