break in brood cycle after swarming- how long?
- I have a question about how long a new queen takes to start laying.
My colony swarmed sometime recently, and I first noticed about a week
ago. The queen was in the hive along with plenty of adult workers, but
there was no brood or eggs (loads of already-opened swarm cells though,
and it had been about a month (?) or more since I last checked them
before that so no surprise)
I checked them again 8 days later , more carefully this time. We saw the
queen sitting there (no drone guts hanging out of her, which I assume
goes on for a bit after mating?) but still no eggs. I actually brushed
bees off some of the brood comb and looked really carefully but didn't
How long is the break in egglaying supposed to last after swarming?