Our set up as of this morning... Our house: 3 hives The farm: 9 hives Friends house: 1 hive For a total of 13 hive... Today my wife and I needed to inspect our biggest hives. One here at the house and two at the farm. The two at the farm we both daughters of our very first hive three years ago. These girls seem to have one mission and one mission only. Make babies and queens and repopulate the planet! Hive # 1 (the original hive), we knew that we would probably have to split even though we already split them once already this year (and this is Washington State!). Hive # 2 is a split from hive #1 last year and has also been split once. We did not expect to need to split this one again. We go a surprise! We started with hive #2 (double deep with super), packed with bees again and swarm cells. "hon, grab me a nuc". While splitting this hive I accidentally scraped off one of the capped cells, my wife said it was damaged. Oh well, good time to learn... I opened it up gently and a perfect virgin queen emerged from it crawling around on my hand! "hon, get me a queen cage from the bucket". I put her in a cage and then placed her in my pocket. From hive #2 I put a frame of honey, a frame of brood and shook in a bunch of bees. The queen went with this nuc so I still had the new queen in my pocket. We get to hive #1 (two deeps, two supers) and as expected, she had brought the population back to insane numbers and swarm cells we not in short supply. "hon, get me another nuc please". No queen was found so I think we missed a swarm. You would never know it looking at the numbers. We left the cells, took honey, brood, and bees and installed them in a nuc. "HEY! I found a place for my virgin queen!" I place the queen cage in the nuc and we brought both of them home. Time to inspect the big hive at home: We did not expect to see any cells in this hive. We were wrong! Rinse and repeat... I knew there was a reason I made eight nucs!