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Should I expect to see eggs 5 days after installing a new queen?

I installed a new queen in a colony whose population was plunging; no eggs, larvae, and empty brood cells being filled with nectar. The new queen had chewed her way out of the cage by the time I inspected at day five.

I did not find the new queen. There were no eggs. The brood frames are virtually empty of capped brood.

I hope the problem is that I inspected before the queen got busy. Is five days enough time for her to settle in? Thanks for any insights
 

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OK, I just found Harry VanDerpool’s excellent Sticky. So, yes, I did a useless monkey-motion inspection. And, hopefully, did not cause any harm. I did notice the bees bringing pollen into the box today for the first time in a while. Maybe a good sign.
 

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Pollen coming in is always an encouraging sign. BTW, where are you located akovia?
 

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They were packing brood cells with Pollen before I installed the new queen. This after two weeks of no eggs.
 
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