September 11, California's Sacramento Valley. I have an emergency new queen that practically isn't laying. Accordingly, bee population of the hive has severely dwindled. I noticed she is moving alone with no attending bees nearby. Was she poorly mated? Can I remove it to provoke them raising a new one? I already gave them a frame of caped brood from a stronger hive to help with population losses.
California beekeepers! Are drones flying at this time of the year in case a new queen is raised? It's still warm, even hot outside, and this is the dry season. Thank you in advance for all your support.