Assessing the state of a split -- wait or add more comb?
On 2/22, I created a split from my single hive which is quite strong and filled with bees. I didn't find the queen, so went with several bars of brood comb. Every week, I've checked for a queen cell, and didn't find one, so added another bar or two of brood comb. Today, when I checked the split, I'm not sure what to think. All the worker brood has hatched, and I killed about a half dozen SHB. A couple of times when I just drove a beetle out of a piece of comb, a bee pounced on it. I saw no signs of eggs, so there does not appear to be laying workers. There is a bit of nectar and pollen being brought in. The only larvae I saw was in an emergency queen cell -- the larvae looked smallish and it wasn't swimming in royal jelly like it should. But it was there. So, add some more brood comb from the Mother Hive or give this a week to see what happens? The emergency cell was located close to the top of the bar (I have no idea if that is significant!)
1 TBH, started 4/09/14; 2 more added 9/15