Re: Splitting w/ Swarm Cells...will they still swarm
i agree that two to three is a good number to have in your queenless splits. if you kept the original queen in one of them, i would try to not have any queen cells in the hive with her and keep an eye out for new ones.
not all virgins are successful in getting mated. my hives that swarmed this year ended up with multiple virgins in there at the same time. listening with a stethescope, i could hear them piping back and forth to each other, and their voices were just different enough so that you could distinguish individuals.
i went ahead and left 5 - 6 and more queen cells in my splits, because i have had colonies fail to make a new queen before. i think it's because there is an endless supply of queen eating birds nearby. they just love those larger slow flying queens returning home from mating.
most of splits were successful this year and produced mated laying queens, but a couple were not successful.
of course, having a bunch of virgins in there fighting it out may also not be ideal for requeening success, i don't know.
journaling the growth of a (mite) treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives