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Two swarms, no queen and lots of queen cells

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Two swarms, no queen and lots of queen cells


I had two almost consecutive swarms this year from a fairly strong hive. I somehow missed the queen cells originally but what can you do both swarms have been captured and the first one is doing good (second is still too fresh to bother).

The source hive is queenless however (or still virgin, but probably not) and has a lot of queen cells, both swarm and supersedure. It still has a good population and some capped brood, no eggs or larvae tho.

What's the best procedure in this case? I don't want them to get into a swarming frenzy. Should I remove the cells completely and introduce a new mated queen, remove just some of the queen cells or leave them be?

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