I am at a crossroads in solving a problem created by my goof.
The plan was to create a split from my existing carniolan hive. Seemed like a good idea because I had a ton of bees and the honey flow appears to be over here in southern New Hampshire. I would remove two frames of emerging brood from the donor hive into a 5 frame nuc, shake in a few nurse bees, and introduce a mated queen to the nuc.
On July 11th, I placed the new queen cage into a nuc compromise of two frames of emerging brood from the donor carniolan hive. Well... despite my best efforts to ensure the original queen was not on the frames placed in the nuc (Btw- I even double checked the frames placed into the nuc) the carniolan queen was in the nuc. How do I know? Yesterday, I found the new queen dead in her cage. The queen from the donor hive was in the nuc laying eggs.
I examined the donor hive and noticed a number of capped supercedure cells. Pretty remarkable since the colony had been 4 days without a queen.
What is the best solution?
1. Reintroduce queen to donor hive. Buy mated queen and introduce her into nuc?
3. Keep queen in nuc. Buy mated queen and introduce her to donor hive?
3. Keep queen in nuc. Hope donor hive generates a mated queen?
As to option 3, if donor hive fails to generate a mated queen by mid August, then combine nuc queen with donor hive.
4. Reintroduce queen to donor hive. Place a frame from donor hive with a capped queen cell in nuc.
I am somewhat inclined to option 3. The donor hive has plenty of capped brood, plenty of bees, plenty of honey, and pollen. Therefore, the quality of the queen could be very good. Also, there could be an advantageous break in brood rearing to allow for mite control. Finally, if all goes well, I could have a mated queen by August 6th. This queen would make the bees to carry the hive through winter.