Following on yesterday’s post about laying workers, I thought I should add this important caveat. If you have a new queen (from a split which was given a young caged queen, for example), you may occasionally find multiple eggs in a few cells. If you are sure you have a young queen (you’ve seen her), then don’t destroy the hive in the way you’d handle an actual laying worker hive.
Check that the young queen is present and eggs are attached to cell bottoms, not on cell sides. My friend Robert McBain of Worker and Hive Bee Supply sent this photo. He told me that it’s from a hive with a new queen, not a hive completely over-run by laying workers. He’s probably right.
I used to see the occasional multi-egged cells in mating nucs when I was raising queens. I don’t know if the odd laying worker was active in the nuc (there are always many laying workers present, even in queen-right colonies), or if it was simply the work of a young queen still learning how to count to ‘one’ – either way, the issue always cleared up in a week and the new queen did just fine.