Today i did 4th inspection of my 8 frame flow hive. The 3rd week was not posted because it was fairly unchanged from week 2 with the exception of more capped brood. Today i did not have my usual photographer handy so pics are not that great. It has been hot here in NJ this week and i think flow is still good since there is a lot of blooms including tons of clover.
The hive has plenty of bees and very docile and tolerant of me. I saw the queen again. There are still about 3 frames not yet built out on the ends but what concerns me is that i found a queen cell today. I removed it along with small pieces of burcomb. I did not get good enough photos to see if there were fresh eggs
Why would there be a queen cell? Is this normal? Do they want to swarm? Even though there are 3 empty frames? Should i be concerned? Is it possible all the previous capped brood has already hatched and queen is re laying in those cells?
Any answers are as always greatly appreciated. Here are some photos