I'm a beginning beekeeper and need some advice on a split that hasn't gone so well...
I split from a highly congested hive two weeks ago by taking two frames with capped brood/larvae covered with bees and set them into a new deep with two frames of capped/uncapped honey, the rest of the frames I put in were foundation and a frame feeder in place of one of the frames. After this (and probably too soon) I put a caged queen in by the brood, filled the frame feeder, and closed up the hive for a week.
After a week the queen cage was empty but there was no queen in the hive (she was marked). It looked like almost all of the bees I split stayed with the new hive though. In looking a little closer I found a large queen cell on one of the brood frames. So, in just having lost a queen, I thought maybe I would just let the colony make their own thinking she would be accepted easier.
I went back into the hive a few days ago to find the queen cell gone and no queen. I have looked each day for the past 3 days. I looked pretty thoroughly. Now there seems to be a couple of smaller queen cells on a frame but not as large as the previous one.
Quite a bit of brood has hatched out now and there are no more larvae. There is still some capped brood on the two frames but not much. Also, now almost all available drawn cells are filled with sugar syrup.
I'm not sure what to do at this point. I was going to re-queen again with another caged queen but am concerned with so much syrup in the brood box, she would not have anywhere to lay until new comb was drawn on the foundation frames. Conversely, if I let the queen cells develop instead, there would still be excess syrup in the brood box and I would have the same issue. Also, it appears as though I took mostly nurse bees when I did the split. Will those bees turn into foragers eventually as brood hatches?
This was my first split attempt and I hope I didn't mess it up beyond recovery.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.