glad things are ok. i have nuc boxes and an obsv. hive so you didn't have too much to worry about if things went bad. would've got you a queen raised.
would have like to here that you were able to mark your new queen though and i'm curious why they superceded the package queen so soon. was your other queen as timid ( running and hiding)?
what race was your package,(sorry i forget -otd) it may be different now. keep an eye on their aggresiveness now. you've gotten stung too many times already. if i can help give a holler.
Kind of you to make the offer about a queen. I got a package of Italian bees in April of this year. I can't guess why the first queen was superceded, although I don't pretend to think it couldn't have been me that did something to her. I'm may not be all thumbs in the hive, but I don't exactly move as skillfully as a brain surgeon in there, either. Which is why I didn't want to go whole-hog digging for her after I lost her in the crowd.
The old queen was not shy or timid (is that a bad trait?), and because of her marking, I was always able to spot her each time I went into the hive. That's why I felt certain I'd lost her when I didn't see her on my two previous visits inside. (That and the lack of eggs then.) I don't imagine that she was too old when I got her, but then, she was marked with white paint, not according to any color scheme I'm aware of.
Anyway, I'm glad right now to have things heading back on track, and will get things in better order soon. As Robo suggests, I have to make sure the new queen is below and has laying space before locking her out of the honey super. But I'm amazed at how quickly they filled a medium super with comb and nectar -- only a week -- when they set their collective mind to actually doing it.