New beeks. 10 frame deep lang, foundationless. Installed April 3. Killed the bad queen, late evening May 29. Installed new queen morning, May 30.
The nitty gritty details:
We had to get a new queen because the other wasn't laying anymore. [$25 here in central Indiana] I installed her on Wednesday morning and checked her this morning [Sunday]. She was still in the cage, so we let her out. She promptly flew away. [We saw her orienting, so maybe she'll come back?]
We checked the rest of the hive and these guys have almost 2 dozen queen caps/cells in various stages with and without larvae and we saw 3 that were capped.
Nice calm bees, even with all the drama. We took a frame of eggs out of the other hive and put it in this one to keep the population going.
How long should we wait until we check them again? What should we check them for? [Open cells, piping, etc.?]