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I made two splits, ones queen emerged 14 days ago, the other 8. The one that emerged 8 days ago is laying already. The one at 14's queen became nice and fat so that means she's mated right? So, how much long do I wait? If it fails I will just combine the two splits.
 

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A queen can start laying anywhere from 1 week to 4 weeks after emerging. I have had both extremes. You often will see several frames of comb all cleaned out and ready for a queen that is near ready to lay.

Often a new queen starts to lay just a few days after panic overtakes the beekeeper.
 

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I combined the two colonies a few days ago and all is well now.
I think you rushed it.
Just days ago I was 90% sure one of my splits failed to mate.
The bees did not even care to prepare the nest cells - entire brood nest was filled with incoming nectar.

Well, OK, gave them the test/2-nd chance frame last weekend (7 days ago).
Well, as of yesterday check the queen materialized and has been laying 3-4 days now.

So, the difference between two sisters having started - 2-3 weeks.
Live story.
 
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