>i've not had much luck with queens this spring. i'm trying to expand my apiary. i tried starting 3 new hives by putting 5 frames of brood, 2 frames of honey, & 2 drawn out frames in each hive. i then put caged queens into each hive. i also put a caged queen into a recently queenless hive. after a week i had 2 queens dead in rhe cage & 2 were m.i.a. i'm at a loss as to what happened to these queens.
How long were they queenless before adding the cages? I would go a minimum of overnight. Are you sure there wasn't a queen in the split?
> now most or all of that brood has hatched & the hives are still queenless. should i add some more brood with eggs or get some new queens?
I would. http://www.bushfarms.com/beespanacea.htm
Although the odds are they have a virgin queen in there already.http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmath.htm