I have 5 frame Nuc which I put two frames (1 egg, 1 capped), bees, and a feeder in to see if I could make an emergency queen. It looks like they tried to make one cell but I'm not sure if they ever completed it, because it looked half built. It has been 24 days and there are no eggs in the cells, but a good number of bees (rather aggressive, I'm guessing because they are still queenless). They bees are just chilling out, not really bringing pollen into the hive.
I purchased two mated queens and I went ahead and introduced one of the queens inside her cage to the nuc. I first watched the bees to see how they reacted. When I bought 3lb packages before, the bees looked like they were trying to chew through the mesh to kill the queen. The bees were very curious and not too aggressive, but one bee looked like it was trying to sting through the mesh. The bees where very aggressive, so I'm guessing this one bee could be just because I was disturbing them.
My plan is to leave the bought queen in her cage inside the nuc for 3 days. When I open it back up I am going to make sure there is no eggs in the cells, and look hard to make sure I don't see a queen. If all is good, I am planning on releasing her as long as the bees are passive around her.
Is there anything I should watch out for?
Bees have been queenless for 24 days, is there any risk of laying workers even if I don't see eggs?
Thanks ahead of time. -Steve :)