Well one of my packages had a queen that just doesn't lay well. About 8-9 days ago my mentor advised me to split that hive out and see if it would grow some queen cells. Three days later I had at least 2 very good looking cells. Have not been in that hive since then. Now the split that took the queen and brood into a nuc, well in that same time frame, looks like she has laid about 9 eggs, and that sorta spotty. Mentor has advised me to just pinch her and go for the new queens.
So (working up to the questions here) In another few days I should have some virgin queens running around that hive. Do I wait and let the bees pick their queen? Do I pick one and say you live and the other dies? Will I have to worry about swarming? Ummmm other questions I should be asking? Remember this is my first year and I have never seen a virgin queen, though been told they act 'speedy'