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I did a walk away split about 5 weeks ago everything went as planned. Inspected the hive yesterday could not find any eggs or capped brood. I did hear the queen piping but could not locate her. Right after she hatched out we had about 5 days of rain and cold wx. Do you think I should find that queen and pinch her and then install a new queen or should I give her more time?
 

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Wait another week. Per Michael Bush's "Bee Math" it can be up to 33 days for a new queen to lay eggs. She may just be starting, within a week you should be able to see larvae. Don't be in a hurry with splits.
 

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What are the chances of this queen being mated, it was 5 days of rain and cold when she was hatched?
 

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The queen has 21 days to get mated before she becomes a drone layer when she mates. Five days is not a problem at all. 14 days is not a problem at all. 20 days is probably not a problem... but after that you are probably out of luck...
 

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Right after she hatched out we had about 5 days of rain and cold wx.
Also....they don't emerge and then immediately go on mating flights. Usually about a week to mature. If I heard a queen piping....I wouldn't be worried.
 
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