This summer will mark just over one year that we have had a hive of Italian bees. During the winter we kept the queen excluder in just above one super which we were later informed probably was not the best decision so we removed it. Shortly after removal and once it started to get warm out we had a swarm which we recaptured and reintroduced into a second hive but left the next day. After a week it seemed that there was no queen, after an inspection of the hive as it seemed like there was no new egg cells. We then ordered two new queens and deposited one queen into each of the two hives with five empty frames and five full frames. How long should we expect before seeing egg cells from these new queens or how can we tell if the hive has accepted the new queen? On an unrelated note we are also unsure as to when we should be taking honey if at all. We took one sleeve two weeks ago which had dark dried wax around the edge of the frame with honey in the middle, we weighed the frame and it was just shy of eight pounds which gave us about five pounds of honey.