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So on April 10th, I found that double deep that was previously jammed and queen right, was now queenless and had about half the bee's. I of course suspect it swarmed. I immediately gave it a frame of eggs and brood and a week later found queen cells. Since them, I decided i didn't want to take the chance and ordered mated queen which will arrive tomorrow.

Simple question, should I split this hive giving the new queen to the queen cell less box? I know this sounds like a no brainier, but i am just making sure I haven't missed anything with my thought process

If I do this, I would do a two queen setup so that they would work together to rebuild

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Started QCs, high probability of rejection.
How can you be sure there isn't a virgin in the works? Paranoid me would start the bought in a separate nuc and give it more time.
You do not really know when the swarm departed and where in the virgin calendar you are?
 

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Started QCs, high probability of rejection.
How can you be sure there isn't a virgin in the works? Paranoid me would start the bought in a separate nuc and give it more time.
You do not really know when the swarm departed and where in the virgin calendar you are?
I could do that too, same result. I have one production hive that already has a second super on it that could spare three frames
 

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I would take a few frames of open brood with bees from your other hives. Make sure you don't have the queen on one of those frames.
Introduce the purchased queen.
Now you have a colony you can use to requeen the hive in case the queen they raise is a dud.

You can do this on the same hive stand if you have a double screen. Put the new queen above the hive that is raising the new queen.

You'll have this:
Bottom box raising new queen. Queen excluder if you use them. Honey super. Double screen with entrance facing back. Hive box with purchased queen and frames of brood and a little honey.

Then you can keep the queen you like and pinch the one you don't. Combine back in to one hive.
 

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I would take a few frames of open brood with bees from your other hives. Make sure you don't have the queen on one of those frames.
Introduce the purchased queen.
Now you have a colony you can use to requeen the hive in case the queen they raise is a dud.

You can do this on the same hive stand if you have a double screen. Put the new queen above the hive that is raising the new queen.

You'll have this:
Bottom box raising new queen. Queen excluder if you use them. Honey super. Double screen with entrance facing back. Hive box with purchased queen and frames of brood and a little honey.

Then you can keep the queen you like and pinch the one you don't. Combine back in to one hive.
Thats why I asked what I thought was a no brainier question. Two more excellent solutions. i think I like the Nuc option, More versatility
 
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