Hi All, I am very new to the bee world. I have 4 hives. My husband bought a double deep hive of Carniolans for me, my first hive. Then a friend gave me a swarm of Italians. Last Friday, we bought two Nucs. One was Cordovan and the other Italian. The Carniolans are a very strong hive and to my uneducated eye appeared to show signs of overcrowding. So after discussion I decided to do a split. In preparation for the split, I purchased two Carniolan queens. One for the split and one to requeen the original hive. So after a couple of days of gray and raining weather here in the foothills of NC, I finally had a beautiful afternoon to execute the split and requeen the original hive. First of all I will start off saying that I made some mistakes that I know of. Maybe some that I don't know of yet. But, everything seemed to go well as far as the split was concerned. Except that later while eating dinner I realized I did not take the cork out of the candy end and I don't think I shook down enough bees for this Nuc. So after dinner I went back out and did so. Now for the not so fun part...As I said before this hive had two deep hive bodies and I had already placed a medium super on it last week. So as I was going through the top hive I pulled the frames for the nuc. Okay so far. Then I continued examining the top hive body for the queen and investigate for queen cells. I found a few queen cells, but no queen in the top hive body. I know there was a live queen as late as last Saturday. So I proceeded to the lower hive body. Still no queen found. She is marked. At this point I am very nervous because I am slow and the hive has been disrupted for quite some time. Since I was lost in time, I don't even know how long. But I went through the frames again as I reassemled the bottom hive. I tried to check out the inside walls and screen bottom board as I went, but did not see her. So I moved back to the upper hive body and checked for her again. No queen found. I then went back the the nuc. Maybe I missed her and moved her over. Which would be a problem since I already installed my new queen cage. Agh!!! I was so upset at this time that I just put it all back together and reversed the hive bodies. Now I don't know what to do. I have my new queen, but I am afraid to install her. Does anyone have any advice? I made a lot of rookie mistakes! One more thing....As I went through the frames the second time, I tried to pay more attention to signs of recent laying. I found sealed brood, larva that filled the bottom of the cell, but I could not see signs of rice like eggs. But I was wearing my screened hood and fear that it obstructs my view for seeing them. Just not sure! Help!