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How were the splits made? i.e., More than one cell per colony? Did you load them with nurse bees? My ideal would be first queen out gathered a court & swarmed? But it is just an idea based upon limited information.. Have you looked through the ball to see if there is a queen or virgin queen?
Exactly my first thought.

Been the victim of too many swarms following splits to be fooled again. Now I make sure to add a lot of space and knock down all but two cells.

Had one swarm 4 times after I split it this year, simply way too many cells.

As such, I'd treat the ball like a swarm and get them into a nuc/hive and check for a virgin queen.
 
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