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I caught a swarm 1 week ago, put them in a nuc. They were on the ground when I caught them. I gave them 1 to 1 sugar water. I checked them today and they were kind of noisey and I didn't see anything capped no brood or pollen, just what looked like clear liquid in cells what looked to be the sugar water.
Shouldn't the queen already be laying ( if there is one ) since I put them on drawn comb.
When they were going in the Nuc, I saw what appeared to be a different looking bee that I thought was the queen ( not a real good queen spotter ) and they did seem to go in the nuc after I scooped her up with some other bees and poured them in the nuc.
Should I order a queen or wait longer to see if I see anything capped, how long?
Thanks for any advice that you could give me.
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Virgin queen.
You may have a virgin queen that needs to mate and start egg laying.
I would give her 7 more days.
If you notice emergency queen cells being constructed the bees are telling you that they are queen less.
Add a frame of open brood ,if you can, to see if they make queen cells.
Good luck and keep the syrup feeding.
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Thanks Bees 4 u,
But I thought when bees swarm they left with the old queen so how could she be a virgin queen? I guess that's why I expected to see something capped after a week
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