Got three packages April 4th, and installed them that weekend. Released the queens on Tuesday, April 7th, (bees weren't stinging the queen cage) and all was good. I let them sit (they were being fed 1:1 sugar syrup, refilled every other day or so, quart jars) until this past weekend, April 17th, to check on them. Two of the three packages got 4 drawn frames interspersed with 4 empty foundationless frames. The other package is my friend's and he did foundation (8 frame mediums). When we checked on them, one of the packages was doing great, saw the queen, saw larvae in about 4 of the 8 frames, and they were drawing wax on the empty frames.
The other two packages were storing sugar syrup, nectar (something's available, as a survivor hive from last year was bringing in a decent amount and stopped taking syrup), gathering pollen, drawing wax, but I saw no eggs/larvae. Also, didn't see the marked queens on our quick perusal. I didn't rip it apart to go looking either, as it's been only about 12 days from queen release. I figure I'd give it another week and then see if anything changes. Just wondering how long before I should see eggs. I recall last year that my packages took a good 3.5 weeks until I saw anything, but I'm getting a wee bit panicky b/c one of the packages on pre-drawn frames didn't have any eggs (lots of nectar and pollen) or larvae, while the other one with the same setup was going like gangbusters. The package on foundation had a decent amount of wax they were drawing, but mostly used for nectar storage.
Let me know ideas, thoughts, opinions, or criticisms. Thanks!