So, I got the new queen, very pretty with an iridescent blue marking, into the hive, having also removed a couple of frames to put in the weak hive. Now, #1 is a big hive, 5 medium boxes--48 frames total. I put the queen in and put the hive back together. I picked up one of the frames I had set aside and--guess what--there was the big fat queen from number 1. She apparently just shut down for a bit. What was the chance that I'd have the queen on one of 48 frames? Crazy. So, what to do? I had an extra queen and certainly wasn't going to let her go to waste. I quickly put together a new hive and put the queen in there with the two frames and closed things up. I added more bees later, and now have 4 queenright hives.
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