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Can a couple dozen bees make a new queen?

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Can a couple dozen bees make a new queen?

I'm not a beekeeper, but I had this small hive that lived in an old squirrel house that I built. After the freeze here in Texas, I didn't see any activity so I figured they all died. A storm came and knocked the box out of the tree and it broke to pieces throwing comb everywhere. I went to pick it up but I noticed there were still a couple dozen bees hanging around. I build a new box, arranged the comb inside and left it alone.

Is it possible for the colony to survive with only about 2 dozen bees? I didn't see a queen, but could they make a new one?

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