A friend of mine is keeping a hive at my house and he asked me to go into his hive with him today. He checked on the hive last Saturday but only pulled a few frames. This is a new package added on 3/28 to last years dead out and was put on drawn comb, new foundation and a 2 honey frames. Hive is 1 deep with sugar water to stimulate foundation build-out
2/3rds through the hive we found a picture perfect queen cell fully drawn out and capped. We located the existing queen and stuck her in a Nuc with brood/honey/foundation.
My question: How long before we go back into the original hive to check and see if the new queen has come back and is laying?
The packages came with lots of Drones (Huge drones) and my hive has some drone cells going as well, so I'm assuming she can mate.