I started 2 nucs April 6, this year from a reliable local source and one is doing great. The other has struggled from the beginning. Two weeks in, I noticed what appeared to be a supercedure cell plus other queen cells at the bottom of the frames. I assumed the queen either died when I placed them in the hive or I read often the bees supercede the queens in nucs so I assumed they would be okay and make a new queen. A few days later, I thought I saw a virgin queen attacking the supercedure cell, but the other bees were almost covering her up and climbing all over here and i could not see her very well. When I checked the other queen cells, one was open and the other looked like it had been opened and white larvae in it. So I assumed I had my new queen. However, it has now been almost 3 weeks and I still do not have any fresh eggs or larvae. All old brood has hatched and the bees are packing in honey everywhere. The first brood box is still virtually full of bees and honey, but they are not really drawing out the comb in the second brood box that was added long ago. I have ordered a new queen, but I am still probably 3-4 days away from getting her. Is it possible that I lost 2 queens in this hive in roughly 6 weeks? How often do bees fail to produce a queen themselves? Is it possible, that my new queen just is not laying yet?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts on this subject.
edit: also odd that everyone says a queenless hive makes a funny buzzing sound. This hive is as quiet and docile as can be. However, the activity at the entrance is slowing as the population dwindles. I think I need a new queen soon or else I will combine with my other good hive. I dont think I can chance putting brood in at this late stage.