My local store has queens on hand for sale. I was going to get them if this didn't work? Thanks, John
At earliest it takes 10 days before new queens lay eggs and you do not know quality.
I should buy at once egg laying queens, so hives get earlier start. It is important because it is spring. And when queen starts to lay eggs, and you have bigger hives, give to both a frame of emerging bees. So new queen get fresh nurserbees and it gives kick to your unlucky hives.