Let me preface this with me saying I am a new bee keeper with 2 kids under 3 and a wife who had to leave town for 3 weeks (aka no time). And I posted this in this topic because i figured you all would be the most informative to my situation.
After receiving a nuc it didn't expand for over 2 months, I checked the hive last week (the day my wife went out of town) and determined that I had lost my queen. I just received my new queen today (1 week later), when I went to put her in the hive I discovered 5 new queen cells. After looking at my pictures afterward it seems at least one of them has hatched out.
In a panic of not knowing what to do and having screaming kids in the background, I put the queen in the hive and closed it up. So I have a newly introduced queen and at least one hatched queen. I will be smashing the remaining queen cells tomorrow morning....
I've read that I can seal the hive up for 24 hours and they will basically determine who the real queen is. After 24 hours open up the hive and every thing should be good. Besides that there isn't much information on the interwebs on this topic.
Does anybody on the forum have any recommendations on this?
or have experience with this situation?