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We set up two new hives from nucs. One with an entrance reducer because we only had one at the time. They were both small swarm nucs. After 4 weeks the hive without the reducer is ready for a honey super. The other hive WITH the reducer is still small and hasn’t drawn out the frames very well. Coincidence or no?
 

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Could just be the queen. We run entrance reducer when the hive is small and we are feeding them, even more so when there are other stronger hives in the area to help prevent robbing.
 
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The OP mentioned that the nucs were small swarm nucs. Did the nucs have brood? If not perhaps you got a virgin queen in the smaller one.. Hard to say without more details. It could be you just have a poor queen in the smaller hive.
 

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The OP mentioned that the nucs were small swarm nucs. Did the nucs have brood? If not perhaps you got a virgin queen in the smaller one.. Hard to say without more details. It could be you just have a poor queen in the smaller hive.

Agreed. Or possly more drawn out frames or stages of brood.
 

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All things considered both nucs were identical. We had a hive die out the previous year and we froze the comb from that hive so we had mostly drawn out comb with pollen and nectar to put with the five frame nucs in each hive. We split it evenly.

We are going to check again maybe this weekend. If she hasn’t stepped up should we add a frame of eggs and brood and see if they will re Queen?
 
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