I have a few questions. I did a cut out and split the colony into 2 hives. Both are queen less and I only had tied in comb in one hive (didn't plan for split). July 5 I started these hives. The hive with tied comb has queen cell which were capped seen today during a quick inspection. One cell was damaged. What would cause this?
I didn't add any brood or eggs until July 11 to the other hive. The quick inspection today showed at least five Q-cells and one of them was already capped. I remember reading some discussion on workers using older larva for cells but cannot recall it well. Could this be the case? Is there any downfalls to them using older larva?