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I am planning to raise some queens, but am not sure how long it usually takes for a Virgin Queen to make/finish her mating flight(s) and begin laying? I read that it can take anywhere from 10 to 20 days? What is your experience?
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Not to steal your thread but I was also wondering.... will she take multiple mating flights and also will she start laying and then leave the hive so she can mate again?

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They will go on mating flight from 5-7 days from hatching if weather permits, then in 3 to 4 days she starts to lay after being mated, have seen them laying as early as 9 day's after Hatching to 14 days after hatch
 
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