How long can I hive go queenless before introducing a new queen is pointless? I have a hive that I hadn't made it to due to time constraints for a while. I saw no larva or capped brood and saw quite a few drone. Not sure what happened to the queen but she isn't there and no queen cells present either. The earliest I can get a new queen in my area, is Thursday. Is that hive salvageable? That hive is all mediums and my others all have queens laying in Deeps so I am not able to pull a frame of brood from another hive and add to it.