I have a situation, and a solution in mind... how does this sound?
Synopsis of problem:
Installed package 20 May
Lost queen within 3 days, few eggs laid.
8 queen cells made.
6 June queens begin hatching.
15 June 1 queen remains, expect eggs in next couple of days...
I added a frame of capped brood froom another thriving nuc hive, to give the population a bump as it tries to right itself.
As bees are wont to do while queenless and otherwise unoccupied, they have made copious honey, and stored it in every available cell. While I have a small group of empty cells in the middle of the hive on about 3 frames, if she wants to lay prolifically as I hope she does, theres no room.
Would it be feasible to carefully rinse the uncapped cells free of honey in order to give the queen room to lay her upcoming eggs? I have added a 2nd box above, and transferred 2 fully capped frames of honey into it, and dropped foundation frames in the bottom to get them drawing, but as they draw, they backfill with sweets. I stopped feeding a week ago, but they are still bringing it in.