All Hives Queen Right
First, in the top box, I found a number of frames with eggs. Many did not seem to be planted right in the center of the cell, which continued to bother me. I saw no capped cells or even older larva in the top box. Right away looking in the bottom box, however, I found frames with good looking patterns of capped worker cells. Fantastic. This must be a very shy queen, since I did not see her again but then once I satisfied myself that I had a laying queen, not laying workers, I put the hive back together and closed her up.
Then I looked at the hive which I expanded from the nuc into a 10 frame medium hive body. I was not really expecting to find a queen or evidence of a queen, but on the third frame I looked at I saw shiny, small larva down in some cells. On the next frame I found the queen right away, a big, fat, healthy looking queen. She looked like her mama, who has been an exceptional layer.
It will be interesting to see how things develop. Clearly, the hive I introduced the hygenic queen into has a head start. If the other queen performs like her mother, however, she just might catch up. How these queens will do as far as honey production, however, remains to be seen. With all the bees I have in hive #2, they still are being a bit slow drawing out the comb in the second super I put on last week. It isn't for lack of workers--there were probably 2000 bees just hanging out under the top cover. We're a bit dry here, and plenty of clover present, so hopefully we'll start seeing some honey produced.