Had a hive swarm 2-3 weeks ago but managed to capture it and successfully install in a fresh hive. Original hive checked on regular basis, no queen found, no new brood or eggs. Looks as though I have a queenless hive.
Is it too late to requeen? Does anyone know where I can purchase a mated queen. Any help appreciated.
No I haven't tried a frame of brood/eggs in the hive. I'm an absolute beginner so please what would that prove(not trying to be facetious). I could take a frame from the re-hived swarm, which is the original queen and is laying as though it's going out of fashion.
Not quite the idea. It would determine (hopefully) if the colony was Q+ or Q-.
2-3 weeks is about right, if the weather has been favourable, for the new queen - if she is there - to start laying. 2 weeks would be on the short side.
It's easy to miss a small queen.
Young brood is the order of the day and Q/C drawing will be seen very quickly. If no queen, you would be too late to leave the queen cells to develop now. An introduced laying queen would be you only real chance of requeening.
Even that would be risky unless you over-winter as a nucleus, IMO.
My gut feeling would be to determine there is no queen and re-unite at this time of the year.
Do the test with a frame of brood Eddy,and have a look at it in a few days to see if they have drawn out any emergency cells from the face of the comb,you can see this by the next day,but a few days will make it more obvious,then get back to us with the results.
I may be too late but just to clarify, the frame you give must contain larvae no bigger than a lower case "c" anything bigger is too old. When I give a test frame I try and make sure it contains eggs AND larvae. Good luck.