Small Cell Nucs
OMG! You really dont want to know. LOL.For fear the "good idea fairy" is whispering in you ear, what's your plan?
I am just trying to keep the bees in like production mode more of the time. I am not dividing the 10 frame base. I am having that as a single brood chamber. Then the bees in the upper chambers dont have that??? What do they call it when the bees have too much space? Demoralized? So I'm hoping to be able to add or make a bigger buffer for the 80 percent full rule before adding another box. Just think if you could add 2 , 5 frame boxes on each side of your nuc stack at the time. How much time could that buy bee keepers? That would be the equivelant to 2 10 frame deeps.Generally, a queen, even a virgin cannot get through a QE due to the size of their thorax. But it can happen. Still not sure what the end game is, but you are starting out like using a Cloake board, I think, except the cells are already started. You need to provide each nuc with an entrance.
I think I'm going to move the hive 100 yards or so. Put another box in the old spot. Catch the queen and put her in the old spot with 1 frame of comb and the rest foundation. Hoping the foragers will go back to the original position and queen. All I should have in the new position are nurse bees and some resources ready for a new queen.The first one is definitely a charged queen cell. The second one is polished, so, it will soon have an egg.
To me, it does look like a colony that is on it's way to swarming, and they will swarm if one doesn't do something that prevents a swarm. Depending on a few things, it's likely to late for 'deterence', and you must go for 'prevention' at this point. Any backfill in the brood nest will confirm that. Assuming the cell in the first photo is the most advanced cell in the colony, they are anywhere from 3 to 10 days from swarming. Swarm may leave as early as the day that cell is capped, or as late as the day before it emerges, which is where the 3 to 10 days numbers come from.
Bottom line, if you leave the cells, and the queen in the colony, it will swarm.