I wintered my hive successfully last winter and am now in my 2nd season with my bees. Already got 60lbs of honey and decided to split so I took a medium brood box off my big hive (it had a deep brood and 2 medium broods) and a deep bottom box with 4 frames of brood/resources from the big hive. Found my queen, kept her with the main hive, no queen or queen cells in split. Bought a local mated queen and put her in. They covered her pretty quick but I could brush them off so I covered them up and checked Sunday, 3 1/2 days later. They hadn’t really touched the release candy and to my shock I found an end frame with brood and 10 capped queen cells. Changed my pants and made another nuc up with the QC frame, and 3 more frames of brood/nectar and fed a pollen patty as well. Checked again today and still no release of queen so I figured I’d let her out in case she wasn’t getting fed. They balled her immediately and she must have taken a few stings because she’s basically dead. Curled up and twitching legs though she can crawl a bit but not really well. Also 2 new capped queen cells in the split hive. So I guess I shouldn’t have released her? Feel pretty stupid right now but also have a dilemma. My split hive with the 2 qc’s is fine to leave to let them sort out. They’ll hatch and nature will take its course. The nuc with 10 Queen cells is uncharted territory for me. They’re all on one frame and it’s plastic foundation so I can’t really cut them out. I guess I could cull all but 2 or 3 and let them raise another naturally, probably the best course. Just hate to ruin so many potentially good queens. Lessons...