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Hello,

Been struggling with two nucs all season. Both swarmed at least twice. Evidence of swarm cells and supercedure cells in both hives.

I only see some drone brood in there now. No eggs or larvae for at least a month.

Two weeks ago I put a frame of eggs and open brood in each hive and they didn't rear a new queen.

I'm stumped here. Please advise. Thanks!

Mike
Nucs - meaning you got 5-frame nucs and kept them as 5-frame nucs (until they swarmed because they ran out of space)?

What is the difference between the swarm cells and supercedure cells?
Normally you don't get both at once.

Drone brood - takes longest to hatch; that's why it is still there.

Did not rear a new queen - check now and may get surprised (there was no need for the ECs - there was some virgin running about).

If you got yourself overcrowded nucs and never expanded them in time, pretty much this is what you get.
 

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I didn't keep them in the 5 frame nucs box. transferred them into a ten frame super.
They had both swarm cells and queen cells.
Good to know - this is an important detail to specify before asking.
Keep in mind, for most any healthy nuc in spring - a single 10-frame box is way too small in summer - you should have been running 2-3 of these at the least by now.

Another important detail is absent - the timeline of the swarms (with respect to you getting these nucs and also the 10-frame expansion event).

Are you truly queen-less or just did not look or looked but was not able to find a queen?
Any hatched swarm/queen cells?
Still not enough information.

OK, sounds like you repeatedly ran them over-crowded and forced into swarming yourself.
New virgin queen(s) probably should probably be mated by now and start soon enough (since the ECs were not initiated).
 
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