Are my marked queens marked for death?
I had two hives that weren’t queenright. A bunch of drone eggs and so I took the following approach:
- Took a frame of capped brood and nurse bees into the affected hives.
- Introduced new queens – kept them in cages pressed in against a frame, full introduction after 3-4 days.
Last two hive inspections have yielded the following:
- No queen sightings
- No new capped brood.
Did I miss something in the process are are both these hives putting out a hit on my marked queens 😬????
Nothing like something like this to make a beekeeper feel like a total amateur 🤦♂️ but I’d love any tips or advice so I can help these hives turn the corner.
TL,DR: New marked queens seem to have been killed off.