August 9th, 2009 - Inspected 4th hive to check status of the queen. I had gone through the laborious process of eliminating the laying worker(s). Installed the 4th queen on July 23rd and inspected the hive July 30th. After a week the queen was still in her cage and hadn't made a dent in the candy. I released the queen in the hive and the bees began to ball her so I picked her up and tried to put her back in the cage, however, she flew off. Ack. Thirty minutes later we had a torrential downpour. I thought that was the end of the queen and the hive.
I was surprised to see that Queen Makeda was in the hive and everything was as it should be. Even through the bungling of the beekeeper, she reigns in her kingdom.