There’s plenty I don’t know about beekeeping and that was apparent today. I’ve purchased three new queens, as I didn’t see any larva or brood when I first checked the hives. My second check gave me the suspicion of a working layer… a worker bee that has begun laying as a queen. She will have irregular patterns of laying her eggs, and will often lay multiple eggs in one cell, and sometimes the eggs will be off color.
It’s best to find her… kill her… and replace her with a new queen.
And, yes, I killed her.
Today I will put the new queen inside, still in her cage, then release her tomorrow… Hopefully, by then, they’ll accept her and not commit regicide!
This is all new to me… and I’m hoping for success!