So I did the dumb-dumb thing of direct releasing a queen into the colony after a few hours of her hanging there and boy was it ugly. Now, the reason I did it was they had been without a queen by what I can estimate was a couple weeks and I had seen two swarm cells earlier, but was too afraid to off them just in case they were emergency cells. So since I wanted her laying ASAP and felt reassured by how they were warming up to her, I did the dumb-dumb of letting her out. I opened them up a week ago only to find nothing from eggs to brood but plenty of adult bees, that's why I ordered the queen. There was also no evidence of laying-workers.
Now, I'm considering dropping the money to get another queen (and releasing her appropriately this time) but I'm worried that by the time her brood hatches, there wont be any adult bees left alive (but herself). I'm just doing some rough math, to be quite frank. So is it worth it to go ahead and buy one? I'm just wondering if they're doomed already. It may have been something like 20-30 days since they've had a laying queen. I was also reading that it might just take some time for a virgin queen to start laying eggs after she's hatched, but surely the old queen would wait for her to come back from her mating flight before absconding with half the hive?
This is information diarrhea, I know, but my head's a mess right now.