I am fairly certain my one hive is queenless and that's its been that way for a few weeks... (put details below if interested). This is a new hive that was started April 9th this year. I have since moved a frame of eggs, larvae and capped brood from my other hive in hopes they create a new queen. I will be checking in the next couple days to see if they started queen cells. I promise an update regardless of outcome!
Windsor, California in case it matters (nor cal)
DO YOU THINK I DID THE RIGHT THING? ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD BE DOING?
Story as to why I believe it's been about 3 weeks
I had done an inspection around July 14th (maybe slightly before) and I didn't see any queen cells and I also found eggs/larvae, so I know there was a queen in the last 3ish weeks at least. However, Two weeks ago, the hive swarmed into the closest tree next to it. (I have an extra set up, so I captured the swarm and moved them to their new spot. They have already started laying on their established comb - for a tiny swarm, they're quick!). I did an inspection a couple days later on the mentioned queenless hive later that afternoon, and I did find multiple empty queen cells. I still found capped brood during this inspection, however I did not find any eggs or larvae. When I opened my hive on Friday, I didn't find any eggs, larvae or even capped brood... which leads me to believe I've been queenless for at least 20+ days.
Thanks in advance for any input/advice.