Hi. On April 14th I split inspected my commercial beehive (hive 1) having 1 commercial brood with 10 frames and 2 super with 11 frames each. It was overflowing with bees and being a beginner I sort of panicked and brought a Nuc and took 6 frames from the brood thinking that I would avoid swarming instead of adding another super.
None of the frames had swarm cells or at least I couldn’t see one since it was totally covered in bees. On May 12th I inspected the two hives and found that the original hive (hive 1) was queenless with no laying workers, no eggs and 3 attempts to build a queen cell and the nuc was queen right with no queen cells and a healthy laying pattern.
My conclusion was that during the split I carried the queen from the original home (hive 1) to a new home (poor queen) and somehow the bees did not manage to raise a queen. So the next day I took a brood frame from the nuc having freshly laid eggs, brushed off all bees and inserted it into the original hive in the hope that the bees raise an emergency queen.
I was thinking of moving the nuc frames into a commercial hive (Hive 2) so that once the initial hive (Hive 1) swarms I would have the equipment to be able to catch the swarm. Would that be a good idea or should I leave the nuc alone and think of buying a new nuc hive? Is there a high probability of having a second swarm?