Re: Swarm cells last week need new queen?
Just from what I've read and experienced in a few years, it sounds like your queen may have swarmed out already or died. Those queen cells may have been needed to make a new queen. Well, it happens to the best of us. I would say now that you do indeed need a new queen. We will wait for folks to answer with a lot more experience than me though. I will learn from what they have to say too.
As for the Russian queen. I agree. We need hardiness as much as anything. I would give anything for some old feral German blacks, if that's what they were.
Cumberland Plateau, 2300 Feet, East Central Tennessee