We have 2 hives (#1 is mine, #2 is his), started from package bees in May. We had clipped and marked queens. We were feeding 1:1 sugar water and progress seemed to be going great. We were up to about 3 frames half drawn out. We check on them every 7-10 days. Week 4 (June 15) Both hives had larvae and capped brood. Both queens were spotted. Comb was still being drawn out. Everything seemed fine. Week 5 (June 23) Both queens were gone. Hive 1 had a closed supersedure cell. Hive 2 had 10+ queen cups. The population in Hive 1 is very low. Maybe 1/2 of a frame on both sides covered with bees. Hive 2 still has a good amount of bees. Close to 2 frames 2/3 covered with bees and a good bit of capped brood. What could have happened to our queens? Other beeks have suggested they could have been viewed as weak because they were clipped. Thoughts? Suggestions? I made the choice to purchase a new, mated queen for Hive 1. My BF decided he would "let nature take it's course" with his hive. Week 6 (July 2) I picked up the new queen and headed to place her into Hive 1. This is what I found - My new queen had emerged from the supersedure cell. There is very little of anything in the hive, other than this new queen and a bunch of new bees. Considering the life span of the workers and the rainy weather we have had, possibly delaying mating flights and the fact there is pretty much no brood left to emerge, I chose to replace the natural queen with the purchased, mated queen. My BF did not spend much time inspecting Hive 2. However, it was still very busy, no new queen spotted. A few queen cups spotted and possibly a supersedure cell. I'm worried if I've made the right decision to requeen this hive. I'm holding on to a prayer the hive will accept this new queen and she starts laying - SOON! I'd love to hear any thoughts and suggestions about this situation.