Re: How long to wait for queen to lay?
Sounds like something I might do myself put in that situation. A good queen should start laying within a couple weeks after emergence. She will fly out to mate out starting about 4 days after emergence from her cell, as long as weather is permitting. Then she can fly out multiple days if she wants to mate more. After having mated her last time she stays put in the hive, normally starting to lay eggs within a week after her last mating flight. More or less the more experienced beekeepers say to wait a min of 30 - 45 days to find eggs, that time includes the time it takes for the queen to be made.
Thomas Bartram - 26 - 8 F langs, 10 Italian , 10 Russian, 6 Carniolan