I vaguely remember reading something about new queens getting stuck in a hive due to bad weather, and then start laying drones. I can't remember the source though. I had a situation where I had a new queen I thought was mated from one of my mating nucs, and I put her in a cage and then put her in a hive that I had just performed a cutout on. It was unique in that they were cut out right after they swarmed, so there was no brood or eggs, just several just opened queen cells. Basically I created a package.
However, I got busy and forgot about her. I released her about day 3 I think, and then we've had nothing but nonstop rain for almost 5 days.
I checked her, and she's walking around on the comb, but no eggs.
Is there a time limit, or could she go out on a mating flight 3 weeks after hatching?