Re: Queen swarm cell in newly received nuc - what to do?
suburbanrancher - Thanks for the reply. The queen cell was located at the bottom of the frame, which I thought was the usual place for a swarm cell. I hope you are correct and it is a supercedure cell rather than a swarm cell. Like I imiplied above, since I am a new beek, I have no resources to deal with a hive about to swarm - I have no drawn comb, no extra brood, and no extra bees to be dividing up into more hives to ward off a swarm.
BTW, I should have mentioned in my original post, that this hive had been in the nuc for a few months, so this is not a newly introduced queen. There was about a half-a-frame of brood, and the brood pattern look good to me - nice and solid with no gaps. Additionally, the queen was quite active when I saw her. She was quickly darting about in little spurts of motion.
(zone 5b, elevation 5400 ft)