I hived a tiny swarm a few weeks ago [in a 10-frame box]. Checked it a week back; minimal done. Basically, just a little comb drawn in 1 frame.
Today I checked again; a tiny bit more comb added to 2 other frames, and a queen cup on the bigger comb. I didn't bother to check for a queen (had just seen another swarm above my house when I got home this a.m. -- it had to have come from 1 of my 2 big hives -- so I temporarily lost interest in bees).
Wondering: is there a chance the bees will make anything of the cell? If there's no queen, would they have done a cell in the1st place? Or is it something they just do, even if there's no queen?
For what it's worth, I added a frame feeder with 0.5 gal syrup to a 5-frame nuc, and placed the 3 best frames of the bait hive into the nuc. Maybe I should take a chance and place a couple of frames of brood (with fresh eggs) into the nuc, along with a few shakes of nurse bees? Or maybe just say to hell with it? My experience last year: with 3 small swarms, they all failed -- even when I added brood frames and lots of nurses.
Signed: deflated with beekeeping (for now, anyway) .....