Observed last night one hive with tons of bees at entrance, some hanging down off bottom board. We've had a ton of rainy weather for a week to ten days so I haven't done much with the hives. I'm thinking it's prep for a swarm.
Should I do a split and start a nuc with five frames of food and brood, and if so, does the original queen go with the nuc? What's about the queen cells....leave them, destroy them?? I'll probably do a reversal of the brood chambers too....any advice is welcome... can the nuc remain in the same bee yard?
I should add this is a first year hive from a purchased nuc..installed in mid May. This morning, there weren't nearly as many bees at the entrance, it looked pretty normal. It was early and there wasn't much flight activity yet too.