I made a split back on the 19th of March and yesterday was the 25th. I had checked for queen cells on the 22 and none were started. So I thought I would add some more eggs but the queen had laid in the queen cells that the parent(the queen who I wanted all the offspring from)colony so I put the frame in the nuc that had the queen cells with eggs in them. I started out yesterday checking the pollen and honey stores of the nuc. I noticed the frame that had the queen cells and they had been tore down. I found eggs then looking further found a beautiful young queen. I opened the parent hive and found the old queen and a sealed queen cell which was used to make another split. When I have taken frames for the splits I have been adding foundation.
My theory is that I either over looked the young queen on the frames that I put in the nuc or shook her in off the other frames. How else could they have a young laying queen? was the question I kept asking myself. Now here is the questions for you more experienced beekeepers. Is this hive trying to swarm as the queen is laying in every empty cell Or are they trying to supersede her?
I am thinking of moving her to a nuc and let the hive requeen itself. I thought this might stop the problem if it is a swarming issue. And yet may buy me some time if the queen is failing to produce pherimones(sp) as she is not failing in any other way(full brood nest and drones only in drone cells).