Sorry if this appears as a duplicate post as i thought i posted it earlier but i dont see it. I rec's my first package this week and upon inspection of the queen cage, I do not know if my queen is alive. Odd i know!There was a dead bee in the queen cage with its body tucked into he exit hole. The three remaining bees in the queen cage were fine and none appeared larger than others. One did have a noticibaly darker abdomen. I tried to move the dead bee to see her but was unable to do so. Therefore i do not know if the dead bee was an attendant or the queen. I went ahead and put the bees and cage in the hive (cork removed)
My hive is located 4 hours away so i will conduct the first inspection this Saturday. This is a new TB with no comb and the queen was not marked. I have sugar syrup in the hive as well. Assuming the bees in the queen cage have been released after three days what should I look for to determine if my queen is alive? I understand i can look for eggs in the cells but any advice on other signs positive or negative would be greatly appreciated.