I bought two nucs back on May 4th, 2008 and immediately transferred them to regular hives. They are NWC and did well in May. One of the hives has filled two brood boxes and a super. There is a lot of activtiy at the entrance and they are bringing in pollen. They need another super now.
The other one is the issue. Over the past two to three weeks the activtiy has become less and less. Today I opened the hive and could not find any eggs, larve, or queen. I did find about 5 queen cells 2/3 of the way up on frames in the bottom brood box. They have filled the second brood box about 80% with honey and have not really started on the super I gave them. Here is question number 1: Do I immediately order a queen and introduce her to the hive and in the meantime destroy the existing queen cells? Or do I let them raise their own queen with the queen cells already in place and check back in one to two weeks?
Question number 2: The other hive that is doing well needs more room. Can I take the super from the hive that is not doing so well and put it on the hive that is doing well?
Thanks for your experience, wisdom and assistance.