Re: Help! Queenless hive and likely dead virgin queen
It is great you know the dates that is very helpful to make a diagnosis. If the first queen cell hatched on June 22, she should have been laying eggs by now, but sometimes these things can take a bit longer, do not entirely give up on her until the 20th.
When new queens are available to you on the 20th she should definately be laying by then, if not, go ahead and requeen.
However, the bees being broodless that long could have caused laying workers by then and interfere with successful introduction of the new queen, so it would actually be helpful at this time to get a comb of young brood into the hive to keep things normal. Just be sure to kill any queen cells they may build on it so there is not a virgin that will kill the queen you introduce.
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