I've had a queenless Nuc for a couple weeks now. I tried adding artificial queen cells twice and they didn't take. Today I saw these!
Apparently I was so wrapped up in making my own queens that I didn't notice they were already doing it. They are queen cells right? Not just huge drone? Lol
I am going to wait a couple days and then separate them. I'm not totally sure how yet. I am thinking I will cut each cell and attach it to a frame of brood. Take the nuc box and use screen to divide into 2 separate sections and try to basically raise 2 side-by-side 2-frame nucs just until the queens hatch. I will probably put 2 cells in each side, just in case. One queen will be going to a friend of mine and the other will stay and turn the original nuc into a legit colony.
Does this sound reasonable? I don't have another colony that I feel safe using to hold them until they hatch, in case they get through somehow and kill my proven great queens. I was thinking virgin queens can probably get through the excluder so screen might work better. Since I will be using the same nuc the foragers should just accidentally go 50/50 to each side.