My second new hive this year is a package from Georgia. It's been doing really well, and two weeks ago I put a screened bottom board on. I brought the wrong one, so I had to change the bees over to a top entrance. A week later, the hive was full of supercedure and swarm cells. I thought maybe I had induced this by letting the hive get too cold, so I switched back to a bottom entrance, moved frames around to "open up" the hive, etc.
This week, the bees haven't swarmed and they seem calmed down. Two queen cells have hatched. But there are no eggs and few larvae. So the problem was apparently not temperature related, but lack of a queen.
I didn't search for the queen as I was running out of energy. I put everything away, walked over to the pond and layed down on the dock (100 feet from hives). I took a phone call. As I got off the phone, a bee stung my hand!
Do I need to go back and look for that queen? I'm hoping not as I need to go cell phone shopping. After I fish my cell phone out of the pond.