My overwintered hive swarmed about May 9. Honey-bound. I went in on Friday the 13th (!) and cut out all but 2 big supercedure cells (NOT swarm cells - cut those too, because I think I misunderstood another beek's advice). Was hoping they would raise their own queen. Did not go in again until today (14 days after leaving 2 big capped supercedure cells), and went thru the whole hive (5 mediums). Looked quite queenless, was buzzing loudly and NO BROOD AT ALL or eggs. Could not see any queen. Looked for laying worker evidence (multiple eggs), but saw none. I have a package just started a few weeks ago. Queen is just starting to lay (barely) and there is a very little bit of brood (maybe a palm size on a frame) - but not a great pattern - saw eggs.
1. Is it possible there is a virgin queen in the big hive? Saw nothing, but queen cells were gone. Also has been bad weather here until last few days.
2. If I call it quits on the big hive, can I combine it with the little weaker package hive with the queen? If so, how? Newspaper? Shake bees of in front of queenright hive? They are right next to each other.
3. The big hive is stuffed with capped honey. I have tried to checkerboard as best I can, but honestly I think I need another super on now. Can I take some of that capped honey now??
4. I know I should get a frame of brood to put in the big hive, but I think there is too littloe in the package hive and, no, I don't have a friend who beekeeps.
Any advice is appreciated. I think I want to give up on the big hive.