I performed a split a three weeks back and checked the original hive on the weekend. Harvested 1 flow frame of honey and then inspected the broodbox to see how it was faring and discovered approx. 6 queen cells and quite a few drones running around.
Does this mean that the old queen has died or are they still preparing to swarm? There was no queen in the second hive as I checked it after a week and the bees were building queen cells so I presume the original queen was left in the original hive.
I am in Esperance WA and we have plenty of forage and the weather is warming up nicely.
Appreciate any feedback.