The laying queen I have appears to be in good shape and the brood pattern is good. I feel bad about releasing the caged queen. Had I known (didn't look at all the frames at the 7 day point) I could have passed her along to another beekeeper..??
Packages are sometimes made by going through the brood nest and finding the queen, then shaking the rest of the bees into packages. If the hive has 2 queens, and one of them is not spotted, it ends up in the package.
Only other thing to consider, the Queen you order is a "specific" Italian , Hybrid Russian etc. the bees shook into the package are "whatever" So there is a very strong possibility that the queen in the box by "mistake" is not the flavor you ordered. If you really do not care then carry on.
If you have enough bees to give the cadged queen her own place, then you can still have your Kate and Edith too. but if you really wanted Kate then pinch Edith, or do a split with her. Sorry I could not resist, it is a work play on have your Cake and Eat it too, and Queen names..
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