I have a hive that really likes to supercede the queen for some reason. They did it twice last year and they were going strong this year. Checked on it today and found 5 capped queen cells and a couple more that were uncapped. Is there any specific reason that would make them continue to supercede?
Sounds like it. Stop and think about it. You have a queen who has a deficiency or trait that the bees don't want. They raise a replacement from the egg of the unacceptable queen. Sounds like the deficiency or trait is being passed down. Your just lucky they didn't attempt a supersedure to late in the season for the replacement to mate, which is often the case.
At this point I guess I just give it a few weeks till the new queen hatches and starts laying and go from there. Would there be any reason to take one of the capped queen cells and put it into a nuc to start a new queen going, or would the supercedure thing be a genetic issue that I don't want to carry on?
Sounds like it.http://robo.bushkillfarms.com/can-you-afford-emergency-queens/