I have just completed my 2nd inspection 2 weeks after installing a 5 frame nuc into my new Flow Hive here in Surrey, UK. Things appeared to be going well after my first inspection with 1 new frame of comb built out and signs of brood in various stages, but queen not spotted (she was marked). I have just completed my second inspection today and have found over 10 queen cells, some already capped. I don’t think I can identify any eggs and only a handful of larvae on frame 7. Queen cells were on frames 3, 4 and 7. Frames 3 and 4 are the Nuc frames and frame 7 is the newly drawn comb. Frames 1 and 8 are not drawn out yet. Some cells looked a bit like they had eggs or larvae in, but on closer inspection look like blobs of pollen at the bottom of the cell? What seems strange, at least to me as a newbie, is that Frame 7 has the most Queen Cells (8 I think!).
My best amateur guess is that during my first inspection (week 1) where I was being quite cautious and did not clear bees off the comb to inspect thoroughly I missed a queen cell. The weather has been wet and windy this week so they may have felt a bit congested in the hive? I am thinking I should uncap the most developed queen cells and release a few virgin queens and destroy the remaining queen cells? Very glad for any expert advice and alternative theories/guidance.
Photos of both sides of frames 2 to 7 shown below.