I got another bee tree call about a month ago. They stated that the tree had fell during a storm and the hive was laying on the ground exposed. I got there and the tree was on the ground and the complete hive was exposed. Temps at that time were very cold. It actually snowed that morning. I salvaged what I could and brought them home. The queen did not make it. (please don't ask me how I know this)
After they were at my apiary and the temps allowed (about a week) I went through the hive to check things out. I found by this time they had a laying worker. I got a frame of brood and placed it in hoping they would raise a queen cell. I told myself I would do this up to 3 times max so I wouldn't harm my strong hives hives that I was getting the brood from. Well, 3 frames over three weeks went in. Today was the day I checked my last frame off eggs that I put in last week. I found no QC's on that frame.
What I did find though was weird, or at least I thought so. I found a QC with larva in it on the frame adjacent to the last frame of eggs that was put in. The frame that had the QC is not one of the frame of eggs that was put in. Is this normal? I know they will float an egg out of a cell to create a QC in an emergency situation but will they actually move an egg to a whole other cell? Surely they wouldn't create a QC with a drone egg, would they?
Anyway here is a pic of the QC.
The QC is not capped and there is a larvae in it. This is just confusing me. The frame it is on is one of the two frames of brood that was taken from the original hive in the tree that fell.