Sometimes, a queen gets injured or killed during the inspection process. Or she might swarm with half the hive but leave no new queen behind. And once in a while, she just doesn't lay well. Finally, queen bees do age - and many beekeepers recommend replacing your queen bee every September for optimum health and honey production.
So, what do you do? There are definitely some tips and tricks to introducing a new queen bee to your beehive. I've created a step by step tutorial for introducing a new queen bee -- all the way from deciding whether you need one, to making sure she's laying eggs.