Opened a TBH today, checking for signs of swarming like queen cells. There were 10 bars of brood, getting on for 18 bars of bees in all – a big colony.
Found about 30 small queen cups (about the length of a worker) along the sides of combs. Some people call these practice queen cells. Nothing obvious inside them.
This seems excessive. Our other hive only made about 7 or 8, and those went all the way to inch-long capped queen cells.
Anyone know why there would be so many little cells?