Expect the unexpected, Question what you see. Pulled a frame of brood a few weeks back and put it in a 4 frame nuc with only 3 frames in the box. The frame with brood and eggs, frame with honey and pollen and an empty frame. Pulled the frames out of a strong colony when I thought I might need it for a trap out. Checked that they started drawing a queen cell. Checked that the queen hatched and was in the nuc. Today went in to see if the queen had been mated and is laying. This is what I found a hole sheet of burr comb with nectar stored in it. The empty frame filled with honey, and honey stored in cells after the brood hatched. Should have installed the 4th frame. [video=youtube;w1x1YpgkySM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1x1YpgkySM[/video] The next discovery. Capped brood in the worker cells, the cappings bullet shaped. Found the new Queen in the hive, there are lots of eggs and small larva laid in a solid pattern in the open brood comb. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSiETMfAkMQ Now the question is. Is the queen not mated properly? Was there a worker bee that got impatient waiting for the queen to start laying? The capped drone brood was laid prior to when the queen would have went on her mating flights. Did the queen skip the mating flights and started laying early? There seems to be a break in the stages of brood. Older drone brood almost all capped, it is not a solid laying pattern. The new egg and newly hatched lava areas are laid solid. What is going on? I don't have a clue, I can only speculate. In 9 days the new eggs and fresh brood will be solid capped worker brood or bullet shaped drone brood. My options are scrap her now, or wait 9 days and see what transpires. I will let you know in 9 days.