Well, maybe... My strongest hive has 2 deeps and 3 mediums packed with bees and honey/nectar. During todays inspection I saw a capped queen cell on the bottom of one frame, eggs and larvae of all ages, and capped brood. What I also saw was a beautiful rust colored virgin queen running around by herself. So I assumed I have the laying queen based on the eggs and larvae, a virgin, and a capped cell that looks close to emerging. I think they are preparing to swarm and possibly cast an after-swarm on top of that. I took the virgin queen, 3 frames of brood, 2 frames of food, and stuck them in a nuc until she is mated then I'll stick them in a 10 frame deep. The big hive has the laying queen and a capped queen cell just in case they can't contol the urge to swarm. What I am wondering is this, 11 days ago I installed a queen excluder on this hive below the 3 mediums as an experiment. This queen had brood in all 5 boxes towards the center so I wanted to keep her in the 2 deeps and let all the brood hatch out up there and then get back filled with nectar. The capped queen cell was above the excluder so I am wondering if they thought they were queenless up there and reared one. The virgin queen must have been reared in the bottom boxes because there were no queen cells in the upper boxes 11 days ago and I didn't check the bottoms. Anyway, I got excited when I saw a full 8 frame medium of honey but all the frames were only capped half way down starting at the top :clapping: I'll look in on them maybe next weekend and see if the honey is ready! First honey!!!