Eggs in the nuc! Eggs in the NUC! You should have heard me a few minutes ago…I was yelling, “They have a queen!”
I found a lot of eggs, a few spots had 2 eggs but this in not uncommon for a new queen. This will improve with practice and workers will remove any errant eggs. The eggs were all smack in the middle, none on the sides and perfectly upright, a few even had hatched so she may have started laying around Wednesday. But I saw even younger larvae than what was ready to be capped, so she may have started even earlier. The “insurance frames” I gave the nuc last week were a mix of capped and open brood. Not a queen cell in sight. Those eggs are now plump larvae and ready to be capped in a couple of days. YAY!!
I tried to find her majesty but just couldn’t, hopefully when we transfer the frames we’ll spot her with more eyes looking for her and I can get her marked.