Saw simular posts.. Still not sure what to do.
I have 1 hive with 2 deeps, which I started with packaged bees very late spring. Everything was going fine, until I went on 2 week vacation. Upon return, yesterday, I found out that the queen is missing (triple checked), and what appears to be several emergency( or supercedure) capped cells built. My thought initially that I need by introduce a new mated queen asap, however, my beekeeper friend tells me; that since my colony already raising their own queen, new queen will be killed and let the nature take its course.
Still see a lot of capped brood.
Should I let the bees continue raising their own queen, or introduce new mated queen and destroy new queen cells? Where is the less risk?
I am leaning into letting them raise, only because see plenty of brood..and if that won't workout for whatever reason, buy mated queen. My thinking is that I still have time.
What do you think?