Some on this forum advise immediate release. The books advise leaving the queen in the cage and letting the bees release her. My very limited experience is that it does not matter. The package bees will release her in very short order. The comb will not be drawn by the time she is released, that is considering that you are introducing the package into a hive without drawn comb. She will not be bored as her active presence encourages the workers to speed their endeavors.
>If you immediately release the queen into a new hive body, won't she be bored while waiting for comb to be built before she gets to lay her eggs?
You are anthropomorphizing. Shes a queen bee. Sometimes there are eggs to be layed and sometimes there are not. Thats the life of a queen bee. She will go most of six months without laying much of anything during the winter.
No. She will not get bored.
You'll also be surprised how quickly they get some comb drawn enough for her to lay. She will lay in it when it's only 1/4" deep.
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