So I had made a split in late April. It was doing really well but they lost their queen in May. They had and still have PLENTY of bees they are 2 mediums strong and drawing out a 3rd. However, I let them make their own queen and on May 29th I checked in on them to see how the queen cells were doing and found over 12. I ran out of time so I came back on the 30th and found several capped the werent capped the day before so I cut out all but 3 cells to err on the safe side.
If my math checks out they should have emerged around June 6th or 7th. Today (June 10th) I checked in to see if the queen was laying and found the 2nd brood box mostly honey bound and the first box had a fair bit of honey but I could not find any eggs anywhere. As I was about to close up the hive I hear some piping and see a dark queen having her leg pulled by several bees. I watched this happen again with 2 light colored queens as well. Thoroughly confused I caged up one light colored queen by herself. Afterwards I witnessed a light colored queen on the front of the hive enter the hive entrance.
So there are atleast 2 queens still in the hive. 1 is caged in a cool, dark place right now. I was under the impression that once a queen emerged they would rid the hive of other queens. Is this not true? Secondly what should I do with this caged queen? Am I safe to make a split with her?
Dark Queen: https://i.imgur.com/WRZwQbg.png
Light Queen: https://i.imgur.com/H4aMFHw.png