A local commercial beekeeper (very well respected, well known in England) supplied me with a package of bees on 22 May. I understand this was a shook swarm and he supplied a new, marked queen in a cage.
Hived them, fed them ... left them alone. Dreadful weather for a few days ... cool (almost cold!) and wet.
First inspection on 30 May, when weather permitted. However, no sign of queen and no brood either - but the colony looked strong & healthy. Drawn comb, some pollen and some honey, all uncapped.
Inspected again on 6 June. Again no brood, but spotted the marked queen with an excellent retinue. She was on the floor of the hive and I thought nothing of it, thinking she'd fallen off as I removed a frame.
Inspected again yesterday. Still no brood! And the queen was STILL on the floor of the hive
I managed to coax her onto a hive tool and placed her on a frame of drawn comb.
I've contacted the supplier. We've agreed that I'll inspect again on Sunday and if there are still no eggs, he'll replace the queen.
But I just wonder if anyone else has experienced anything like this. Why would the queen stay on the floor of the hive?
Any thoughts or musings on this peculiar situation most welcome.