I have what appears to be a queenless hive. There is no sign of eggs or uncapped brood. From another hive in a different yard I pulled 2 frames that were a mixture of a small patch of capped brood, uncapped brood of different ages and eggs and placed them in the hive in question. This action took place this past Monday, May 19. Today, May 23, I opened this hive and pulled these 2 frames, expecting to see queen cells being formed.
I saw no queen cells on these, or any other frames; what I saw on these 2 frames was a large mass of capped brood, surrounded by some rather mature open brood.
I pulled every frame, and did not see any eggs or uncapped brood. There are some drones around, but no sign of a laying worker.
I am wondering:
1. if I purchase a queen and try to introduce her will they ball her?
2. I will have a queen cell from another hive in 4 or 5 days. If I pull that frame and place it in this hive what is the likelyhood that they will destroy the cell?
I appreciate any opinions.