With the next few days forecast to be rainy, we decided today was the day we needed to get back in the hives and see what was going on.
First, we checked the Nuc that we made last time, and saw eggs and larvae. We knew a queen had successfully hatched. Since there were only 5 frames, we decided to find her so we could clip her wings and mark her. Easier said than done.
Finally, I spotted her on an empty frame (what was she doing there?) and nabbed her with the Queen Catcher.
The first hive was fine... the second one (which had swarmed earlier) didn't appear to have a queen. So, for lack of a better idea, we stole a frame of eggs and put it in, hoping they will raise another one. If not, we can always combine the Nuc back in with the hive and split it again later.
Beekeeping... always a challenge with no real 'right' way. It could drive an analytical person like me crazy.
But we have a new Nuc queen, and she's marked and clipped. Hallelujah.