I think i've read she has a 8 to 10 day window.
She just kept running away from me. She did not have any workers following her or looking like they were attending to her. She just kept running to the opposite side of the frame and she was fast to be so plumpbeepro. A queen usually starts to lay about 2 days after she mates.
ramdino. Ideally you should not move a virgin queen from one place to another as she will have orientated to the original mating site and could get lost if she still has to take her mating flight. You queen from the description looks like she has mated already and will likely start to lay very soon. You can also tell if a queen is mated by her behaviour on the comb and the behaviour of the workers towards her. Workers appear to be much less interested in a virgin queen and do not typically form a court around her.
A newly emerged queen starts to take orientation flights about 4-5 days after emergence.
She can take a mating flight from day 6 or 7 onwards.
Some books will tell you a virgin is stale and will not mate 21 days after emergence but although most start to lay within 2 weeks of emergence I get the odd one which takes 4 weeks.
Usually, but I had one in a mini nuc take 43 days to start laying!Three weeks is the window...
Sounds bit like some infection to me. Was the tip of the abdomen normal looking tapering or more like bluntended?I did a split about 4 weeks ago with a hive that had 3 swarm cells that were hard capped. Checked them yesterday and found this beautiful huge queen. She was so plump that I don't see how she cold get in a cell to lay.
yes its normal .It's almost like she had to lay a few before she could get it right.