New to the hobby, things are going fine. BTW how do I know if I killed the queen?
Installed two bee packages a little over a week ago. The queen cage caused a gap on install and the hive started building that frame out into the gap (not unexpected). I did a quick inspection/adjustment today. I see plenty of empty wax comb, some with honey. I did not spot anything that was 100 percent brood cells in either hive.
I pulled the frame at issue, pushed all the other frames tight, then put the over-expanded one on the end where the box has a little extra room. It was a bit of an ordeal and I'm pretty sure at least a few bees did not make it through a couple accidental squish issues. However, I'm not sure if bad luck may have included the queen. I would probably do it different next time, but beginners gotta begin.
Is my best bet to just leave them be for 'X' days and then see if I've got brood? If so, how long? I'm not sure if I'm experienced enough to spot the queen even if I tried, or if I would likely just make things worse anyways.
Thanks for any tips. I just want to know what to look out for with the concern.