I did my first cut out back on the 8th of June. I was able to transfer most of the bees and a lot of brood and honey to a new hive I set up. I never saw the queen though. I was hoping that I just didn't see her. I left the hive alone for a week or so before going back in to check on them. Still couldn't find the queen but saw a couple queen cells. I figured that if I missed catching the queen, they must be making a new one. I went back in today to try once more and spot a queen. The two queen cells were empty, but still no sighting. I am hoping that it is just my inexperience. Another thing, it seems that all the brood has hatched but there are no signs of new brood. Only empty cells, nectar, and some pollen. How long will a hive go without a queen? How much time do I have to get one installed? If they did make a new queen, how long before she starts laying?