I installed a nuc 9 days ago. There were 11 bars in the nuc, about 8-9 with comb on them. When I put them in the hive, I gave them an additional 5 bars. On Sunday, I did a full inspection, and there were 12 bars of comb with eggs and all stages of young from larvae to capped brood. Everything looked great. I actually opened up the brood area a bit with 2 empty bars. The bees continued to acting normally over the next two days like there is a queen in the hive, so I think everything is ok.
This morning (2 days later), I looked through my observation window and saw them making two queen cups on the edges of the comb. I don't know how many more are in the hive because the weather is nasty, and I don't want to open it up today.
From everything I've read, these queen cells on the edges of the comb are swarm cells and I should make a split, right? However, I read about some people moving them BEFORE they are capped, and others AFTER they are capped. Is there a best way to do this? Thanks!