Has this happened to anyone else?
For literally weeks (at least 4), I have been trying to queen a split. The split was queenless (the parent hive is still queenright), but would not accept a queen (I lost two purchased queens in it). It never had eggs or larva after the brood in the initial split frames emerged. I put a third queen in a couple of days ago using Robo and Irwin's re-queening frame design (see "Thanks to Robo and Irwin" post). I checked yesterday and all was well - the queen was alive in the frame and being fed by attendants.
However, when I checked the other frames, I found a second queen! I don't know where she came from, but she must have been hiding in there for at least 3 weeks (that is the period over which I lost the other queens), and she never laid even one egg. Apparently, she was just hanging out, assassinating the queens that I put in there!
Anyway, I put her in a cage and banked her in another hive. After losing so many queens, I am reluctant to pinch any now until I know my hives are queenright. Still, I am thinking I shouldn't use her, even in an emergency, as she doesn't seem inclined to lay eggs.
Any thoughts? thanks