Queen emerging how long should I leave before inspecting

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BeeBird

Lakes bee from Mungrisdale near Keswick
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One of my hives, following a swarm prevention split, had 2 Queen cells which were due to emerge 2 weeks ago, checked 2 days before emergence date and all looked well, although after reading some posts on here I now wish I had just left one cell. When should I inspect the hive?
 
Great, thanks for your advice. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for another week :)
 
If 4 weeks from emergence gives her a better chance to get mated and established her laying I will go with that. My worry is that if the re queening has failed would there be a risk of laying workers? or would there still be time to buy and introduce a laying Queen?
I have purchased and introduced a mated Queen to one of my other colonies successfully, but this is the first time I have tried to let a colony make their own Queen, so I’m a bit nervous 😬
 
If after 4 weeks you see no eggs, add a frame of brood to the colony, but without fuss and noise. Brood pheromone deters laying workers.
Agree - very sensible advice - in most instances I find eggs and a newly laying queen about 4 days after adding a test frame at 4 weeks - be patient although the temptation to peek becomes progressively more irresistible!
 
Agree - very sensible advice - in most instances I find eggs and a newly laying queen about 4 days after adding a test frame at 4 weeks - be patient although the temptation to peek becomes progressively more irresistible!
How right you are 🫣, but I will stand firm and resist lifting the lid. The colony seem very calm so I hope that is a good sign that all is going well inside the hive 🤞
 

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