Laying Worker Hive - Status update and question
On June 29th we inspected our hives and came across one that had a laying worker. This hive was a package introduced in April that had a marked, laying queen. They superseeded her about 8 weeks after the installation and it looks like she never made it back to the hive, which resulted in the 2-3 weeks without the right pheromones to suppress the LW.
We disassembled the hive, shook out all of the bees, reasembled, added two frames of eggs and young larvae, and introduced a new (proven layer) queen. After 5 days in the cage, we released her and the hive accepted her.
We performed another inspection yesterday, (about 1 week after the release of the new queen) and I still see multiple eggs per cell, so I thought that they killed the queen. I was surprised to see her just fine in the lower brood chamber.
Occasionally I did see some single egg cells, along with bees bringing in pollen, but I am still concerned with the sight of multiple eggs.
When I found the Queen, I removed her frame, and moved it to the center of the lower brood chamber and added drawn empty frames on each side of her frame, with the thought, that she will be able to lay in un-adulterated cells. I also added a Queen excluder (thinking) that maybe that would isolate the LW from the Queen. After a night of further thinking upon it, I believe that the thorax is the only portion of the Queen that cannot pass an excluder and a LW should be able to still fit, so I am opting to pull it tonight.
Now for my questions:
If the hive isn't feeding an egg (most of the cells with multiple eggs look dry) will it change into a larvae? (my thought is that I may have succeeded in removing the LW, but I still see eggs, so maybe they are dead eggs that haven't been removed)
IF the above thought is incorrect, returning to what I have read and been taught : It takes 3 days from egg to larvae stage, so if I am still seeing multiple eggs per cell, my next thought is that implys that I still have a LW. Correct?
If the above thought is correct, then : In my past reading, it was mentioned that the LW would kill the Queen, however, it doesn't seem to be the case. Am I correct to assume that the LW will eventually die (assuming she is aging like any other worker 42 days typ. life span) and my Queen will ultimately gain the upper hand?
Will adding more frames of nurse bees and proper eggs and larvae ultimately correct the imbalance, or should I just consider this a dying hive and save the marked queen for a split or near-future queen replacement?
Has anyone ran across this as well?
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