I got my queen in the mail.....she is alive in her cage, but her attendants are not. The hive needing her has no eggs, no brood, lotsa honey, lotsa pollen, lotsa bees. I fear there may be no bees to attend to her. I saw several smaller, fuzzy bees on her cage and at least one bee biting the cage. I am going to keep an eye on her and them today. When can I let her out without fear of them killing her? I don't want her to starve, either. Poor thing! The queenless hive wasn't too aggressive, either, like before (it was a little chilly when I checked them, maybe that was it?). My other hive is just getting going and doesn't really have the brood to spare, but I could grab a small cluster on a frame for the queenless hive.
Please advise. Thanks!!