Today I was doing my last pre-winter manipulation... pulling supers off, condensing, etc etc etc, when I ran into something that baffled me.
On one of my boxes (a pretty strong one too) that i requeened this year I found a frame with probably 40 drone cells and 2 queen cells - one capped and the other full of jelly. There was PLENTY of brood in the box, the queen was doing well... spotted her about 4 frames over just doing her thing.
I may be crazy going into winter, but basically I took the frame out, grabbed a mixed frame of brood, pollen, honey/nectar in addition from my other 5 hive for a total of 6 frames and 4 of pulled but empty (dont have any nucs). They are still working goldenrod heavy, have buckwheat that just started blooming, feed 5 - 10 watermelons busted daily, and just started 2:1 this past week.
Is it crazy to try to winter a "nuc" this late in a single deep? Would you guys/gals with years of experience done differently?
Im hoping I can pull it off this late for a new hive.... Im just still not sure why my new queen would let this happen in her box.
Advice? (well, its done now) feedback?
Sounds like it was going to be a supercedure. They probably would have went into winter with two queens and came out in the spring with one.