I'm not sure if I have a laying worker problem and how long to wait before saying I do. I purchased my first hive this year, couldn't afford two so I have nothing to switch or compare too. I put the bees in on April 18th, doing foundationless frames. The queen was probably released around saturday/sunday (19th or 20th) they'd eaten most of the way through on the 19th, for sure when I checked on the 21st and I saw her moving around. Theyd started a few frames with comb. 1 was probably half done.
It is now the 30th and they have a few more frames with comb, none are all the way full and I have 2 medium boxes. The cells with eggs have one egg, two eggs, and even 3 maybe 4 eggs. I didn't notice any on the walls but I wasn't paying attention to that because I remembered when I was rereading after I came back in. There was no larvae, or capped brood. No eggs until I checked today. I also did not see the queen. She has a green mark and should have been fairly easy to pick out. I was looking on every frame.
Some of the newer comb didn't have eggs either and only a few spots of pollen and nectar.
How long should I wait to decide if it's just a new queen with not enough room, or if it's laying workers?
Any help would be amazing!