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Accidentally destroyed many queen cells

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We finally had some decent weather so I decided to break down my hives today to clean bottom boards and remove one of the 3 mediums they over wintered in..

First hive went pretty normal, bottom box had lots of dead bees and the board was plugged with bees and discarded capping.. bees in two top boxes covering a total of maybe 10 frames in all.. I couldn’t find the queen but I saw capped brood.

Hive two is the problem... I loosened the top box with hive tool and when I lifted it up 3 frames from the next box came with it then broke loose and fell back into place..

As you can see in the pic they filled the space between boxes with queen cells and I basically destroyed them when the frames let go.. all the queens were pretty well developed and I did see other brood but again no queen, two mediums with 8 frames each heavily covered in bees..

Is this many queen cells normal especially this early? (No blossoms yet, grass is barely turning green but lots of pollen coming in probably from poplars and spruce trees)...

What are the odds that the queen is dead and this was their attempt at requeening and I messed it up?

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Agree drones we have that happen all of the time
I build my bottom boards with a one inch space between the bottom of the brood box and the floor. This gives the bees a place to draw Drone comb on the bottom of the frames, eliminating Drone brood between frames of the two brood chambers.

Whew! Well I feel better...

I guess I did the right thing when I swapped out some of their fully drawn frames with foundation including one partially drawn out foundationless frame that was all drone size.
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