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Your mentor was there, so he should have a better idea than what we can tell you. He saw.
However, if they make another cell, then the bees know something you do not. Usually, bees that make one queen cell on the face of the frame, and usually quite long, know the queen is not up to snuff.
This can happen if:
- the existing queen came from a nuc from a beekeeper. Most beekeepers give the older queen in the nucs. That way they keep a younger queen in their hives
- the queen in your hive was not mated properly and did not mate with enough drones. This would cause her to not have enough pheremones and a shorter life span.
-queen is starting to lay alot of drones
there are other reasons, but those are the ones that come to mind right now. Keep an eye on your hive and check back in a week or so and see what is happening. Mark on your calender or in you book you saw eggs and a supercedure cell.
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