I'm a first year beekeeper, or at least trying to be. I started out with one queen. She apparently didn't read the book that I did. Everythging was going great until the hot weather hit in the middle of june. Unbeknownst to me, your supposed to remove the white plastic sheet at the bottom of the hive when the weather turns fair. It must have gotten too hot for her and she left. I let the bees make their own queen. I kept just one cell, but apparently I missed another so two queens were made. How do i know this. I caught two swarms on a nearby bush. Having the wooden ware on hand for another hive I set up a second hive. And the next day I bought yet a third hive and got it going. I thought I was doing everything okay and I just got two more queens for the price of one. Gee, Isn't ignorance bliss! :thumbsup: Hive #1 had a queen, but only for a short time. She laid a few eggs and left also. This is where I learned the term "honeybound". This hive was taken apart and added to the others. Hive #2 is doing great! She isn't laying a whole bunch of eggs, but from what I've read that's normal for late august. I'm glad she read the book! Thinking that hive #1 was queenless, I made a window screen frame and took the top of hive #1 and put it on top of hive #2. I left it that way for 7 days. It's been over a week now and everything is hunky dory. Still saw a queen to boot. Hive #3 was doing great until last week. Again, not finding a queen or eggs but a few larva from hive #1, I took the bottom of hive #1 and put it on top of hive #3 using the window screen method. Hive #3 is made up as follows. A deep super on the bottom with an empty frame and plenty of open cells. A medium super on top that still needs to be drawn into comb. The deep super from hive #1 on top that. I have been wedging some wood peices between the second and third supers to give more ventilation, but since I was combining a hive I left the wedges out and instead left the hive top wedged wide open. So today I'm inspecting hive #3 and I don't find a queen, not a big deal, just look for eggs. The problem is, I didn't find any eggs either! But on the top deep super that I just tried to combine I found a number of queen cells, one supercedure cell and maybe half a dozen swarm cells. Thinking that I still had a queen becouse it was rare for a queen to leave at the end of august I removed all the queen cells. Now I think I may have just killed my hive. So the million dollar question is... now what do I do with hive #3? Should I be clipping the wings of queeny #2?