Hi all! New to both beekeeping and the forum!
I have read many of the posts on here about SBB vs solid and also keeping the insert in on the SBB. Here is my current issue and Id like your thoughts on what to do next.
I brought home 4 nucs on 6/15 and moved 2 of them into their new 10 frame homes that same day. No issues. All nucs had brood and honey frames and the new 10 frame homes all had SBB with the insert taken out.
The next day transferred the other 2 nucs into their new 10 frame homes but on that last nuc I could not find the queen.
I waited a week and inspected the hives again on 6/22 with the guy who I bought the nucs from. The first 3 looked good and all had evidence of the queen doing her thing. But that last one I did not see any evidence of a queen at all. We did see a few queen cells being built. We did notice a clump underneath the SBB though. It was hard to tell but it didnt look like the queen was under there. We decided that we will inspect the hive again sometime around 7/3 when the new queen should have hatched.
I went out again last night and noticed there was still clumping underneath.
So my question is....Should I re-install the insert on that SBB or just wait until we inspect again on 7/3? Should I try and brush the clump underneath into a box so I can dump them back into the hive from the top? Any other thoughts?