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Package installed April 5.
Queen rejected or killed (clustered away from her, direct released after that)
Queenless for 10-11 days. New queen installed April 16th.
Comb finally started to be built. Comb and eggs found on April 20th.
April 25th saw larva, eggs, and the queen that day.
Thought I noticed queen cups when I pulled the back top bar on April 29th (was filling syrup and worried about cross comb).

Saw this 4/29:
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Saw this today (May 3rd):
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There's quite a bit of drone brood in the hive, very little worker brood. There are some uncapped larva around as well.
As best I could tell, the queen cells are capped. There are a bunch of perfectly empty cells... I saw no new eggs and no young larvae.

I have two packages coming on Monday. My brain tells me there's no way there will be enough bees even if the new queen ends up mated and lays right away. I'm considering splitting the drawn comb they have between the two new packages to help them get a head start. If that's the right way to go, what should I do with the existing bees?

Thanks in advance!
 

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Hard to give good info with the limited pics of the overall hive. Have you located the queen since the 25th?
No, and there are no eggs. Only nearly capped larva. And very little brood at all. It is a new top bar hive they have three fully built combs one just started.

The amount of worker brood was very limited. Drone brood outnumbers it 5:1 at least.

From April 29th. I was wrong with previous date of "queen cup" sighting.




 

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>Queen rejected or killed (clustered away from her, direct released after that)

This may indicate a virgin loose in the package. She could take up to three weeks to star to lay which would have been the 26th of April. (considering shipping time, maybe the 23rd of April). If you don't have open brood by now there is a problem. If you have another hive (even a new package) a frame with eggs would be good...
 
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