Hey guys,I really need some help..let me break it down for you.
So,this is my first year keeping bees and I have run across some issues. I hived my first package of bees this year and they built up quickly. I fed them a 1:1 sugar water mix throughout the first few months and began adding supers as they filled out 7/10 frames. I use a Langstroth hive. I woke up one morning and found TONS of bees bearding outside of the hive. This made me happy,as I was witnessing,what I thought, was a happy hive..maybe just a little congested and hot. I was planning on adding a fourth super that weekend. I came home that evening and was saddened by the sight of a hive that had swarmed. I quickly opened the hive to confirm my suspicions and I was right. I did a bunch of reading and there are so many opinions and advice,my head began to spin. I was confused on what to do so I took it slow and immersed myself in any literature that would lead me down the right path.
I decided to allow the girls to make their own queen as I did find a few queen cells on the bottom of the frames. I want to keep it as natural as possible so I thought with them making their own new queen would be the best thing to do.
Well,after about 3-4 weeks I finally decided to order a new queen as I never found the new queen that they may have raised. I did find some destroyed queen cells but no new eggs/larvae or brood. The frames are all packed with pollen and nectar but no eggs still. I added the new queen about 5 days ago and the girls didn't seem to be angered by her arrival but rather calm about her. I opened the hive again today and I didn't find her. The frames that did have any open spaces are now filled with pollen and nectar but no room for new eggs. I ended up putting 2-new frames of foundation in the middle of the bottom brood box in hope that I just overlooked the new queen so she can have some new space to lay after they draw some new comb out.
I know that I'm running on here but could someone please turn me in the right direction as what to do? Should I begin to feed them sugar water again so that they can draw new comb? They have lots of capped honey. How long should it be until I see new eggs?larvae if she WAS accepted? Or is this hive doomed?
Thanks for taking the time to read this lengthy thread. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.