Re: Queen is gone ! 16 queen cups - what is the best course of action?
Hi Rob, welcome to Beesource. You will get differing opinions on this dilema. Are these swarm cells? As in, are the majority of the cells on the bottom of the frames? If so, the best bet is to destroy most of them and only leave two or three to avoid a potential after swarm. If they are swarm cells and capped, chances are the bees have swarmed once already. If you accidentally killed the queen and these are emercency cells, then it really does not matter. First out will probably kill all her sisters. Have you considered having more hives? Capped queen cells and a strong hive are a perfect opportunity to make a few splits and increase your hive count.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.