I have an observation hive with 2 deep frames and very few bees. About three days ago, the hive was seriously jarred and the bees were not happy. Now I can't find the unmarked queen. She is not dead on the bottom or in the tube, and the bees don't seem queen less, but I can't find the queen or any eggs.
1. Would the queen just fly away on her own for any reason? The hive is in bad shape with beetles and some DWV.
2. Will the bees try to make a queen cell at this time of year given the cold and lack of drones?
3. If she isn't gone, could she just decide to stop laying and hide in a corner somewhere for days?
4. Are queens even available at this time of year anyway?