Virgin Queen in a Laying Worker Hive
Two packages, both queenless in the first week. Sheesh! Even better than that, my hives are incompatible. The Lang has one queen cell among two dozen capped worker larvae (no eggs or young larvae). the Top Bar has laying workers. They're even building new comb and as soon as the cells are deep enough, several eggs are laid in it.
I bought a virgin queen and introduced her to the laying worker top bar hive. I smoked the hive heavily and slipped the queen right out onto the comb. I watched for a while, but the colony just seemed to ignore her. I took this as a good sign.
Questions: Because the virgin was ignored, is there a pretty good chance they won't ball her later? And, how long before I check to see if she has mated and is laying? She is less than a week old, and there are wild bees in the vicinity.
If I'm neither sanguine, phlegmatic, choleric, nor melancholy, does that mean I'm out of humour?