In a few other posts I talked about the splits I was doing this past week. Here's a quick synopsis and results today - I split a hive into three this past week and queened the 2 new hives along with requeening another low producing hive. I retained the queen in the donor hive. So in all I queened 3 hives. Hives were split on Tuesday. Queens put in on Wednesday. This afternoon (Sun) I found:
1) The requeened hive - saw no eggs, saw queen and saw 7 queen cells, a couple with larva, a couple capped, and the rest empty, all high on the faces of frames.
2) New hive from split - saw queen and eggs. Looking good.
3) New hive from split #2 - saw queen, eggs and 4 queen cells, 2 capped and 2 with larvae, same locations.
The big thing I noticed, other than all the queen cells, in all the hives is back filling of brood frames, even though all the hives are well supered (strong flow right now). On the frames that were previously full of brood in the donor hive, the speckeled pattern of emerged brood and capped brood now has nectar just about everywhere brood cells were. Will they move this nectar outward and upward as the new queens are established? And what do you make of all those queen cells? The hives that I queened were without queens for right at 24 hrs. Do they switch into queen rearing mode that quickly?
Oh, and one WAY cool thing - I added some foundationless frames to another hive and they are starting to add beautiful natural comb on it and it already has eggs, after only one week. I want to transition to all foundationless and this is a really encouraging start.