Hi! I am new to this site but have heard very good reviews!
I'm a fairly new beekeeper, In Illinois, trying to learn. We have 2 hives we bought this spring (we have 7 total) and put in a remote location. 1 hive seems to be doing well, we put a medium super on top of it 3 or so weeks ago and they are slowly filling it w honey, the hive body has plenty of brood and honey too. On the other we also put a medium on at the same time but upon checking it today we found termites in the medium, no work being done in the super, honey in the hive body, some capped & pretty,, decent amount of bees but no brood at all. However There is a healthy looking queen cell that has not yet emerged and I'm wondering what to expect/do.
If the queen emerges will she likely stay and start laying or is it more likely she'll abscond? There's obviously no queen she needs to challenge so I'm not sure what her instincts will be. I took the super w termites off so she'll have a cozy place w honey already available sooo.. this late in the season does she mate and stay or take off?
I could remove the queen cell (pretty sure only one) and try to combine this hive with the stronger, queenright hive, I could move it to our main beeyard and hope for a fresh start there or leave it as is and hope for best. Did not do a varroa check but they are new this year, didn't see hive beetles or wax moths so I feel they are not being overly stressed by pests - yet.
Any experienced beekeepers have a suggestion? Please?