Hello Everyone, I am just starting out with my first colony this year in Michigan. My father was a beekeeper most of his life, however he has been out of the practice for over 20 years now.......so I am seeking advice to see if what he is telling me is correct:
Background, I have one colony with 2 x deep and 1 x medium supers with plastic frames. I purchased a Nuc in late May and proceeded to monitor the colony every few weeks since. Bee activity seemed normal and productive and honey flow seemed good, in fact my father was impressed how well they were doing.......until last week.
Last week my father and I did a complete inspection all the way down to checking the queen, brood, etc because honey production seemed to taper off quite a bit the last few weeks. What we found was a hatched queen cell and the new queen and a few drones amongst the workers, but no brood or eggs. Now, here is my question, my father is insisting that I purchase a new bred queen ASAP, and replace the young queen. There is no indication that the colony swarmed, so I am assuming that the original queen died or was killed by the colony for whatever reason. I am wanting to wait to see if the young queen starts laying soon, but my father is telling me that if we don't get a laying queen within the next few days there won't be enough time before winter and that the colony will die.
Does anyone have any advice regarding this? If so, I would certainly appreciate it!