The nuc with the 2 frames of brood and 3 capped queen cells. This morning there was one queen cell open and another with the queen emerging.. her face was exposed.. no sign of queen #1 but the frames are covered fully and the comb cant be seen for the bees. Drones are very excited
The hive from whence the nuc and the swarm originated. Lots of very excited drones. The 2 queen cells, one was open and the other was still capped. They were on frame 7. I found another 2 cells on frame 2, one capped and the other open, so I don't know what the situation is there. It could be that they have built the cells at the same time as the ones that I transferred into the nuc. I would not be surprised if there are 2 virgin queens floating around the hive as the 5 frames are half a box apart. Puzzled by the still intact queen cells. If the other queens had hatched I would have expected them to be torn open. I don't imagine that they would have been built and capped over the past couple of days.
The swarm hive. Plenty of nectar coming in. The 2 old frames have nectar in most cells now and 2 of the 3 frames with foundation have been drawn out. Could not find the queen for the same reason as the nuc that the frames are heavily covered with bees and I could not see the comb except when I blew on the bees. No eggs that I could see. Perhaps I should give them a frame of capped brood and the original hive another frame of foundation.
Interesting ain't it?