New bee package received in April 2014, fed every day as per my mentor instructions [until they stop feeding]. August 1st half the hive swarmed. Its August 25 have done 2 mite treatments [once a week every Tuesday with powdered sugar very little mites at sticky board]. Hive is full of bees again but I see no queen or no eggs/larva pupae. I have talked to 3 other experienced beekeeper in the area. The three have told me 3 different things about feeding: 1- mentor said feed a lot 2-do not feed at all, let them do their thing 3- feed once a weak. I have been feeding 2:1 with essential oils and spearmint, lemon grass etc. They will take easily 1 gallon every 24 hrs.
The 2 deeps have full comb but swarm took all "honey" from bottom deep, so I switched boxes [lower to upper and vice versa]. Last week when I did the mite dusting, both cases looked like they had very little honey and a lot of pollen. Hive look like it had 2 queen cells both have a "hole" at bottom so I guess they released and have gone on to fatten themselves go out mate and come back. It's been raining like crazy and its hotter than hell here in my area [Louisville].
Called dadant to see if they had a queen [closets to me 45 mins one way] they do but they told me to wait 30 days to see if new queen starts laying.
Guys/gals I need some in put.
1- Should I keep on feeding? If so how much?
2- when Should I re-queen.
Thanks In advance for your answers