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Will a virgin queen lay before taking a mating flight?

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The weather has been awful here preventing most flying. I'm wondering if a virgin will start to lay if she can't get out to mate.
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3 weeks is not set in stone but a queen which starts laying after 4 weeks will generally be a drone layer.
You get the odd one which takes 4 weeks and then starts to lay normally but mostly they are stale at that point.
 

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The weather has been awful here preventing most flying. I'm wondering if a virgin will start to lay if she can't get out to mate.
The only virgin queens I have heard of that can lay before mating are those induced to do so by being put into a sleep with CO2 by beebreeders wishing to inseminate virgins with their own drones. If virgins cannot fly, for whatever reason, sometimes they're born with deformed wings, they do not start laying at all AFAIK in the natural course of events.
 

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According to my experience and Huber's observations a queen that never mates never lays. A queen that mates late lays only drones. A queen that mates in the first three weeks after she emerges will be fertile and lay both drones and workers.
 
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