How long can a hive go without an active laying queen? I got a NUC 3 weeks ago, my first inspection was after 2 weeks. At that time I did not find a queen or eggs or small larva but did see quite a bit of capped brood, brood chamber was being filled with honey. I was able to secure a queen and installed her in a candy capped cage last Friday Night along with 2 frames of empty comb since they had filled all the empty cells with honey. Inspected yesterday. No queen, no eggs but the empty cells have not been filled with honey yet. How soon do I need to get another queen in the hive? I may have missed her, but not sure. Would I have time to put frames from another hive into it so they can raise one themselves?