Oh boy did I get into something today & I just hope I didn't mess too much with Mother Nature! A friend of mine had a VERY strong hive and she wanted to get rid of it because she is allergic to bee stings. She wanted me to split it and give half of it to her pastor's son who is interested in bees and let me take the other half. OK this afternoon, after school, I went over there and here is what happened: First: her hive was arranged: bottom board, 2 medium supers, hive body, hive body - in that order from the bottom up. The top hive body was FULL of honey capped & uncapped The middle hive body was FULL of honey, pollen, nectar, some brood and I saw NO cell open for anything else. I did see 2 queen cells capped (on the side of a couple of frames - they were not supercedure cells) I saw some queen cells that were opened on the bottom too. The bottom supers were FULL of honey, pollen, nectar, some brood - and I saw NO cell open for anything else. Is this what people call "honey bound"? So I saw NO queen, NO eggs, and NO larvae. I gave the young man the middle hive body since it had the queen cells on it and I think we may have him to purchase a queen to put in there or maybe not?? I don't know about the rest? SO I am assuming the queen was out on her mating flight when I was in there? I looked at all the frames twice and I did not see the queen. When I bring this hive home Friday night/Saturday morning, what should I do? I know I need to put a hive body on it and I just have new ones with new foundation, so how can I tell if I messed up and end up with a queenless hive - that is my biggest concern. This is a STRONG hive that is a survivor of the weather, etc. So it is one worth keeping and raising more babies from. I sure need your wise input so I will know what to look for when I bring this hive home.And these bees were surprisingly calm for not being worked in months?