One of my hives has re-queened on their own. I inspected the hive five days ago and discovered queen cells. Then I got lucky and found the new queen, who was real small without a swollen abdomen.
How long before she starts laying eggs?
Is my hive doomed? There doesn't appear to be any brood, just lots of worker bees and plenty of honey. Does she have time to lay eggs and then shut down for the winter?
Should I buy a queen instead of letting the new queen stay?
My other hive is healthy, but a bee inspector from the Department of Agriculture advised me to not move over a frame of brood to the broodless hive since both hives are new this year. Better to have one strong hive rather than two weakened ones this late in the season. What do you think of this advice?
He also advised me to start feeding the hive sugar water to help stimulate brood production.
Any advice you can give me would be wonderful.