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I let the swarm occupy the trap for a week. I took it down early this morning and moved it 10+ miles to another yard. When swapping the frames I did not see any eggs or capped brood. It had a good amount of bees though. What are my options here? Wait it out to see if it was a virgin queen swarm? At what point do I give up and recombine? I don't want to wait too long and lose them altogether. Maybe this is par for the course with some swarms... I don't have enough experience with them to know for sure.
 

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Probably had a virgin. She needs about a week after mating to start laying, sometimes sooner, but that's the average I've seen in my yard.

Since you moved it a week after moving in she likely just mated and needs some time to lay. Check again in a week and if she returned from her mating flight she should be laying by then.

If not, give them another week and have a backup plan on hand such as a locally mated queen, or a few frames of brood from another hive to boost them up and give them something to raise a new queen from.
 

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takes 8 days to cap brood assuming she laid eggs the first day, likely they take a day to clean some cells so there would not have been capped brood any way.
Agree with Mtnmyke, give them some time.

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If you have it, you could give them a frame of brood and eggs. If you don’t have a queen, they’ll make one. If you do have a queen, that brood will be a welcome boost to the colony.

If you don’t have the brood to give, then 1 week could still be early. Give them another week. If they chose your box, and there are plenty of bees, then everything should be in order - unless the queen didn’t survive her mating flights.
 

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I will give them another week and if I still don't see anything I will swap in a frame of brood/eggs to see if they do something with that. Thanks for the help!
 
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