I found a hive a several of months ago under a homemade, overturned livestock feeder. I cut it out and placed it in an 8 frame hive with 8 frames of brood, pollen and nectar. I placed another 8 frame deep with plastic frames on it. It took a while for them to accept the plastic frames but, what they have drawn, the queen has laid eggs in and the brood is capped. This queen is an egg laying machine with lots of brood on frames with brood. I went in today and there at least 4+ capped supersedure cells. I am curious why the supersedure cells. It was late in the afternoon and they were getting testy and I did not finish going through the last 4 frames. I did not see the queen in the first 12. So far, 2 frames with 1 cell and 1 frame with 2.
I am thinking tomorrow of taking the frames with single supersedure cells and frames of brood from my resource hives and making nucs. If I were to find the queen and left her alone, would this possibly stop the process of supersedure?
What other options are there? I am really having a tough time with queens this year. I have lost 4 - 1 year old queens so far this spring.
Thank you in advance fro some ideas and an education on supersedure.