I have only two hives and BOTH have lost their queens soon after purchase. Purchased as NUCs in early May. For each NUC, I immediately transferred the 4 frames of brood plus Q into single deep. Then added top box within a couple weeks.
Within 2 weeks, Hive 1 had no queen. Then, at 6 weeks, Hive 2 had no queen. The bees created new queen cells.
Is this just an unlucky coincidence? Or perhaps the beekeeper (me) isnít doing something correctly.
I purchased the NUCs from a person who imported the young queens from Hawaii. My hives are in southern interior BC (north of Spokane, WA).
Thanks for feedback!