Re: Virgin queen in hive?
kurt i had 4 out of 18 end up that way in late winter this year, too early for them to mate or for me to buy a replacement queen. there weren't a lot of bees anyway so i just shook them out and gave what honey was left to my other hives.
queen failure seems to be reportedly higher this year for some reason.
if you have other hives and they are making brood already then by all means put a frame of open brood with eggs and check it back in a week for queen cells.
it might not be a bad idea to reduce them down a box or two until they get going again.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf