I have been diligent in checking my 2 hives this spring but was unable to for just over a week. When i went to check the hives on Tuesday and do a split and in one I discovered many freshly capped queen cells. My thought was to find the queen and sequester her in a nuc box with some frames of honey/ capped brood and no frames with queen cells, place the nuc in a yard over 3 miles away and let the old hive requeen. The problem was that i could not find the queen anywhere in the mass of bees that were on all the frames. I don't think the hive had already swarmed due to the high population in the hive.
Does anyone have any suggestions that i could use to try to possibly not lose most of my bees?
I have a queen mating box built (http://robo.bushkillfarms.com/beekeeping/downloads/ )and ready to go.