Im back again with the continuing hive drama. *sigh*
I have a second year hive, went queen-less for about a month.
I bought a new queen and installed her in the hive last Friday. There was no cork so I put a piece of tape over the candy of her queen cage. Suspended her in the hive planning on removing the tape today so they could release her thru the candy. She is out! They got to her first, eating thru the tape and the candy (sneaky little buggers). Thwarting my thoughtfully planned execution of events. Nobody follows the rules around here.
I removed the empty queen cage and closed the hive back up. I did not see the queen. I did not look for her.
Question: Should I have looked for the queen on the frames or should I give it 2 weeks undisturbed even tho I didnt see her.