Hi everyone. I'm new here. I recently moved and had to leave my single hive unattended for a few months. I was finally able to relocate it to my new home. It was rainy and cold for a week, so I couldn't open it for several days. Upon first inspection I found:
-5-6 hatched queen cells
-no eggs, no brood
-3-4 frames of worker bees
-~ 1 frame pollen
-~half frame uncapped nectar
-~half frame capped honey
-3-4 small hive beetles
-no evidence of disease or parasites (except the few SHB)
I found the queen on the first frame I inspected. I immediately caught and marked her, but after discovering the state of the hive, I wish I had left her alone. I'm guessing that they recently swarmed and that I have a new queen.
Queen possibly hasn't mated yet and marking her with a paint pen might somehow impede her mating flight.
Recent rainy weather may have prevented mating flight and affected queen's fertility.
Absence of eggs/brood will induce workers to start laying.
If queen is damaged or infertile, hive has no way to make another queen.
I don't know any local beekeepers to ask for a frame of brood to put in my hive.
Are these valid concerns?
What else should I be concerned about?
What's the deal with all the hatched queen cells? I've never seen that.
What's my best course of action to get this hive healthy?
I appreciate any insight you may have.