Hi everyone, my name is robin and I'm a year 2 beekeeper. I had a hive last year that didn't make it through the winter (I was devastated - is that normal?) so I've started again and here is my dilemma. I put in a second hive so I would have something to compare to this year. I installed my packages April 6th. I have frame feeders in each, put 1/2 patty on each, several water sources near and high hopes. Checked back a few days later to see that the queens are out and cages are empty. A week later I go back to refill the feeders, all is good. Dandelions are blooming as are many other things and both hives have pollen going in. Saturday when I went to add my next supers, here is what I found. Hive #1 has bees eating at the patty, I peer down at frames and can see brood and drawn comb and life is great. Bees are solid out to six of the frames and buzzing happily. I'm not using a smoker and they are fine with me. It is everything I had hoped for (my queen last year was a mediocre layer). I'm happy and my girls seem happy. Hive #2 has no one at the patty and bees only over on frames 1-4. And not nearly as heavily covered as hive #1. I look down and see a queen cell. I run back to the house, come here and read through threads frantically (devin's timing was serendipitous and our problems parallel). Went back to the hive and checked on these things: the queen cell seems to be capped, I do not see any evidence of any eggs anywhere and the bees are agitated and loud and not happy to have me there. So, I see my options as these: 1) take a deep breath and let the queen develop and let the girls right their own world, 2) order a new queen, or 3) move these bees into my thriving hive. My concern is maybe I don't really know if that cell has a queen in it or not. I'm taking baby steps here. But since my loss last year, I'm just terrified of losing another hive. Any advice, thoughts, or comforting words welcome!