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My weakest hive is trying to supercede the queen. Should I let them do this or purchase another queen?

Last time I went in them, about a week ago they had built superscedure cells in a super that was located directly over the brood box. They looked strong enough ie: bees on sufficent frames in the brood box, so I added a deep with a queen excluder on top and then the super with superscedure cells on top of that. I didn't want them brooding in the super.

They have built no wax in the extra deep. There was nothing in the queen cells they had built in the super; I removed them and examined them to be sure. Wanted to make sure queen had not wound up in that super. I inspected again today. They have not drawn any wax out in the deep I added. I did not go into the lower deep because I disturbed them last week when I did all this to check for brood, which was present. If they are tring to superscede I didn't know if it was a good idea to interrupt that process unless I decided to requeen now.

They seem to be the weakest hive, much less activity at entrance than the others and are not taking syrup.

Any suggestions please?
 

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Thanks Iddee.

I'm glad you clarified that. I thought they were superceding, did not know about 'queen cups'.

Thanks for being quick with responses and for the help.
 
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