Something is amiss...
As you have described...the bees appear to be "queenright" in that they have some bee that they reqconize to be the queen.
There are a few senerios that might exist, but regards, you need a laying queen...now.
A *top bar hive*, as opposed to the Langstroth, changes the manipulations rquired to correct this situation.
But, in any case, a new "laying queen" will be required.
First task is remove or eliminate the "now recqonized queen"...leaving no doubt of her absentence.
Then it is best to leave the hive queenless for a day to allow the bees to more readily accept a newly introduced queen.
Lisa, I will PM you so you may get some detailed procedures.