I have two small colonies. One is a one month old nuc that is on 5 frames. The other hive started 6 weeks ago as a captured swarm.

My concern is in regard to the swarm colony. I went for 4 weeks with out seeing any brood. I was excited when I finally saw brood a week and a half ago. However when I insected to day I noticed a lot of the cells were sticking out because drones were developing in them.

I want to watch it just a little longer to see if this happens to all of the brood cells when they are caped. If this is the case then I know I have either a bad queen or laying workers.

If I have laying workers would it work to combine this hive with my other hive ? Would the bees from the swarm colony accept the queen from the nuc hive?