We install and handle around 800 queens a year between splits, nucs and and 2 queen units. I handle all queens in my clumsy grabby old man hands and drop a fair amount and some fall off frames during manipulations. We find most times, 80% or so, the queen finds her way back into the hive when we can't find her. She can orient by pheromones and sight recognition if she wasn't mated in a particular hive, nuc etc. We always wait until day 5 after she goes MIA and check the hives for eggs as any eggs laid before she goes missing will be hatched and if we find eggs we know she is in there. We find a lot of queens by sight because we are in hives every day but we don't hesitate to walk away from any hive with eggs upon the follow up inspection after a queen vanishes. If we find a hive is queenless we requeen it, destroying any emergency cells which may have been started.Is this something that we might normally expect if this were to occur? In-other-words, would that pretty much be the case as long as the queen is uninjured?
I am learning how to identify the queen cells, but do "emergency cells" differ in location and you destroy those only, or do you destroy all of the queen cells except for a couple? I'm talking in general bee keeping to prevent them from swarming....destroying any emergency cells which may have been started.