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I posted about 10 days ago that I went into my hive and was promptly attacked. I found a queen cell in the upper brood box before the bees drove me out. I went in today and the whole demeanor of the colony has changed, they were very docile and have been drawing comb in the super I put on 3 weeks ago. I found the empty queen cell so I am guessing they are queenright now, even though I didn't see her. I am wondering if the bees are tearing down the queen cell as it looks like they have been chewing on it. I have no way of knowing if the queen emerged properly or was killed by another new queen that I didn't see...the bees drove me off before I could get through 5 frames. Do they take down the used cells?
 

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If it was opened by removing the end, she emerged. If they tore the side out, she was killed. Either way, they will remove them all once she is settled.
 

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If they drove you off before you could get through 5 frames, I wouldn't call those bees docile.

If you have any doubt whether a hive is queenright, adding a frame of eggs/young brood is never a bad idea. If they need it, they can make a queen. If they don't, at least you're safe; and you gave the population a little boost by giving them the extra brood.
 

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If they drove you off before you could get through 5 frames, I wouldn't call those bees docile.

If you have any doubt whether a hive is queenright, adding a frame of eggs/young brood is never a bad idea. If they need it, they can make a queen. If they don't, at least you're safe; and you gave the population a little boost by giving them the extra brood.

They drove me off 10 days ago when apparently they were queenless. Today they were normal. I put on all my riot gear for nothing! :lol:
 

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When you went back in the second time were there any eggs or larvae? If not go back and check again in a week to see. That will tell you if you are still queenless or not.
 
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