Well with the hot weather and my wife and oldest out of town I got bored. I had been wanting to prank around with some of my hives and raise a queen or two and decided I have a good candidate to use in my experiment. The victim hive was one that had just built up the second deep and was packed with brood. This was a hive that I had neglicated in the fall. I had ran out of screens to keep the mice out and didn't get back to it until December. Well I guess I closed the sucker up in there. Anyway, I found a hive really messed up in the bottom and a reduced number of bees in the spring. I sort of ignored them and she had built up during the spring and early summer on their own. Since this was the only hive without out at least a couple of supers, except for the russian hive, the victim was chosen. On June the 26th I pulled the queen and a couple of frames of sealed brood and a honey frame. I checked the hive five days or so later and sure enough I had four frames with queen cells. The next week I pulled those and made two more nucs and left one frame with a cell in there. Since then I have only fed a jar or two of syurp, mainly for the water and peeked in the top. I am dying to know how things went but I don't want to mess things up. Its not a big deal if they go belly up but I don't want it to be my fault. I plan on putting the nuc with the original queen in a full deep this weekend since most of the brood has hatched. By my estimates I could find eggs as soon as a week from Saturday, am I in the ballpark on my figures? Not a good thing for the bees for a science teacher/cattle farmer to have spare time on their hands:wink: Next year the Hopkins Method, anybody tried it? Grafting is starting to be a problem with the eyes.