I asked this question in the General Beekeeping section and then realized there was a "Requeening" section. Sorry, you're not suffering from deja vu!
My bees swarmed approximately 2 weeks ago and I was hoping the remaining colony would make a new queen. My husband and I did an inspection on Monday and again this afternoon, hoping to find a queen or eggs and we still haven't seen any. The one hopeful thing is that we did find maybe 10 or so open queen cells and maybe a couple unopened ones, but that was it. There's still a nice population of bees there and tons of honey and pollen and some capped brood, but no sign of a laying queen at the moment. What do you suggest I do? Continue being patient in hopes that some of those open queen cells produced a soon to be viable queen, or order a queen right away? Is it too late to requeen in Vermont? The one place I planned on getting a queen from if I ever needed to requeen is out for the year, so if I do need to order one, I'd love to hear any suggestions on where to get one. Thanks everyone!