Stopped by at my cousins dairy farm and he has hives. 2 langs with 2 brood chambers and a 6 frame nuc that was a walk away split. I was out and looked thru them with him 6 weeks ago and all were queen right. The nuc had a newly mated queen. Hive 2 also had a newly mated queen but her brood was spotty, chalked it up to maybe she hadn't got into heavy laying yet. But was a little concerning. The 3rd hive has a last years queen and is doing as expected. Stopped by on friday nuc was still in the nuc box. This told me he hadn't been in the hives since my last visit when I told him the bees would be fine in the nuc box for another 3 weeks before needing to be transferred. First thought was O'Crap got to get the bees moved from the nuc into a lang. I imagined the nuc would be full of bees and plugged full of honey and expected to see queen cells and hoped the queen hadn't swarmed. The nectar has been coming in but not to fast so the nuc was not honey bound and the queen was laying solid brood in 5 frames. The bees had some cups built on the frames but hadn't started any queen cells yet. Transferred the nuc into a lang and went onto hive 2 Hive 2 this is where we found a problem. The honey supers were in the same state as when left 6 weeks prier one mostly full and capped and the added one still empty. In the supers no brood, an emerged queen cell, 3 other queen cells that were torn down. The bees had the queen less sound. They are back filling the comb in the brood chambers with pollen and nectar. No queen was seen in ether super, no eggs, no brood. Just 1 1/2 super of bees. The hive looked like the last brood had emerged a couple of weeks earlier and the bees had recently made some queen cups on the frames. I be leave this hive superseded and the new queen was lost failing to make it back to the colony. The question is WHAT TO DO WITH THIS HIVE? Hive 3 was as expected to be found queen right storing honey although not as much as hoped for because of a slow flow. What would you do, given the information at hand? There are mutable answers and ways to deal with this situation. How would you handle it? Local queens are still available to buy. as well as having brood from hive 3 and the 6 frame nuc. Will post what my actions were and my reason why later ofter so have wade in.