My hive that I just established this year from a nuc swarmed this week. I was able to catch the swarm and I have successfully placed them in another hive. In the old hive, I have several supercedure cells. My question is how long will it be before a new queen hatches from these supercedure cells? Also, after she hatches how long before she mates and begins laying eggs?
On average the queen should emerge about 7 days after the cell is sealed. About 7 days later the queen is sexually mature. Then you need to allow time for a mating flight(s). Most queens will mate within 8 to 9 days after emergence and 2 weeks is about the longest a queen will go (or be allowed by the colony to go) before mating. Capped worker cells are easiest to spot and will be a good indication of a laying queen. Those are capped about 9 days after the egg is laid. So a reasonable guestimate would be capped worker cells 3 to 4 weeks after the queen cell is sealed.