So I'm pretty sure one of my new hives has a laying worker issue. Brood pattern spotty, hive buzzing a bit more agitated, and they refused to accept my introduced queen on the last go-around.
I'm not terribly interested in doing the shake-out method, but I may try the 'give them a frame of eggs' every week suggestion (that I read from another poster on this site) until they make a new one, but my question is this:
- Doesn't the introduced queen help regulate the pheromones to stop the laying workers from heading down the path of laying (or at least new ones from developing)? Why would introducing a frame of eggs where they 'make their own new queen' be different from hanging a new queen in a cage for a week or two, then releasing her? Even if it took a few tries, wouldn't hanging a queen in the cage eventually work?