Does anyone have a time frame of how long a combine can coexist? I have 3 queens living together after a combine I did 16 days ago with newspaper. They are 3 swarms I caught back in mid April. They just were not building up well, each hive had only 2-4 frames of brood, in a 10 frame med lang. Each hive had been able to store 2 frames of honey, they have stayed like this through spring and summer. I thought it best to combine them now and let the bees decide which queen to keep in hopes that with increased numbers in foragers and extra honey they may have a chance for winter. I took pictures of the three marked queens so I could identify which queen they decided to keep. I have observed no fighting or stress going on, no dead bees. they are out foraging bringing back lots of pollen and appear to be happy. I opened up hive 12 days after combine, newspaper had been chewed through and they were very calm no smoke needed, I found all 3 queens still alive, no stress in the hive everyone very calm, no problems. Queens appeared to have no worries workers were working well with each other. What is going on, I expected them to have made a choice by now. Has anyone heard of a triumvirate bee colony?