Re: Supercedure cell? What are my options?
Just my thought, but I would let the situation play out, and check for a good egg laying pattern in about 4 to 5 weeks. Plan to requeen if you don't see a good laying pattern at that time. AND, place an order for a new queen NOW. Mated queens are hard to come by this time of year and you will probably be put on a waiting list. The sooner you place your order, the better the chance you can get your new queen when you need her. If you don't need a new queen at 4 to 5 weeks, you will most likely be able to cancel your order with no negative consequences.
Another alternative would be to buy a new queen now (if possible), and, when you get her, pinch the old queen and crush any queen cells, and install your new queen 24 hours later. Essentially taking control of the re-queening process yourself to make sure the new queen is properly mated and to get a properly functioning queen in the hive sooner rather than later.
I also like ruthiesbees suggestion.
Last edited by shinbone; 02-23-2017 at 08:20 AM.
(1975-1980, and now since 2011; maintain about 10 hives; Zone 5b; 15" rain; 5500')