In the second week of April Matt and I purchased packages from the Belmont Seed Company in downtown Chicago. While convenient for pickup of the three packages only one is ok. One of Matt’s queens died almost immediately and he had to replace her. In my hive check on Saturday after the SPIN club I saw that my hive had little to no brood. What was there was pretty spotty, no eggs at all and it looked like mostly drones. I saw the queen and she was walking around but just not laying.
So she needed to be replaced. Luckily Long Lane had some Queens and their sending me one today. If she arrives I’ll try to get out to replace the old queen today. Does anyone know a good retirement home for failing queen bees?