Re: Question about hive that did not overwinter
If i understand you correctly you are thinking about taking a frame or two of brood and bees and letting them raise a queen? This is likely to result in a lackluster queen at best. You need a strong population of bees to build good queen cells. If you can find your queen and move her to another hive with a frame or three of bees the remaining strong hive is much more likely to build good cells - then when they are capped five days later you will probably have more than one frame with cells on it that you can split into nucs if you want to.
Merry Christmas to all - especially to congress for not kicking us in the knees again.