Hi, I just started my first three hives (from nucs) a few weeks ago. I've been feeding them since, and everything seems to have been going fine, except that it's taking longer than I expected for them to move onto and draw out their new foundation. When I checked on them yesterday, Hive #2, which seemed to be the strongest (i.e. most populated), had no evidence of a queen. No eggs, no larvae that I could see. I know I had seen some a week ago. I did spot what appeared to be 5 or 6 supercedure cells on one frame... or could they be swarm cells? They were on the bottom third face of one of the new frames of foundation (which was only drawn down to that point). How worried should I be? I hope that in my beginning ignorance, I just missed signs of the queen. Or maybe the queen was somehow damaged, and the colony is now just replacing her (is that reasonable?). Either way, I'm actually very concerned about the situation... Advice? Thanks, Dan p.s.- I'm sure the answer will be "depends", but can anyone speak about how long I should expect a 5-frame nuc to take to fill out a few more frames of foundation in a 10-frame deep?