I made a walkaway split on July 13th. Everything was looking fine over the following week or so. There were plenty of bees in the box, and I noticed three good sized queen cells. On August 6th I looked in the hive to see what was going on and saw a small cluster of eggs and very young larva. I could not find the queen, but I thought everything was okay. The eggs were all the way at the bottom of the cells. I looked again on August 11the and still could not find a queen and all the brood looks like drone brood. All of the capped cells were capped with a typical drone capping. The remaining brood was too young to be capped so I couldn't tell if they were workers or drones. I added another frame of eggs from another hive in case they needed them. I am worried since this is only a 5 frame nuc and I should have been able to find the queen during 2 good inspections. I have a few questions I am hoping someone can answer.
1.) Does a newly mated queen normally start off with some drone brood? Will she settle in and start laying worker brood?
2.) What happens if she didn't mate properly? There are very few drones (if any) in my other 5 hives. I assume the girls kicked them all out since it has been so dry and resources were scarce. I would assume other hives in the area have done the same.
3.) Will the workers raise a new queen with the new eggs I provided them if there is a drone laying queen in the hive?
I guess I have no choice but to wait and see what happens, but was curious what more experienced beekeepers have seen with new splits.
Any comments are appreciated.