Noob here needing advice on what to do with a hive that wants to swarm (in July!). Queen was vigorous, but in past week has stopped laying eggs and we've been killing 5-10 queen cells per week for the past 3-4 weeks. (Not sure - some may be supercedure but pretty sure some are swarm)
A little more background:
-Bought two 8-frame nucs Mid-may. Both seemed pretty vigorous. Since they were 8 frames fully drawn out with lots of brood we immediately added an upper deep for them to work on, and gave board feeders with sugar syrup to feed them.
-By mid-June both hives were doing well and had pretty drawn out all frames in the upper deep with lots of new brood and lots of capped honey. We noticed (and removed) our first queen cells at this time though. At this time we also removed the board feeders, and added a super on each to give 'em more room.
-Surprisingly, after this both hives STOPPED drawing out new comb. In the three weeks since neither super has had any comb drawn out, despite it being nectar flow time. Instead, each week we've removed 5-10 queen cells per hive.
-This weekend, one of the hives swarmed (we must've missed removing a cell?). Luckily we caught the swarm, so we'll be focusing the rest of the year on building up those two hives for the winter.
BUT - we'd like to salvage the other hive if we can (our only hope for honey this year!). Problem is - it obviously has the same or a similar problem as the hive that swarmed. And what's more, the queen has stopped laying eggs (I can't find her but I think she's still in there - the "buzz" doesn't sound any different from normal and I don't see any eggs from workers - yet, anyway). Is this likely because they were getting ready to swarm? Or a sign of something else? Anything we can do to salvage this hive?