I found my queen last summer looking very skinny and not laying that great. Shortly after they superceded her.
That would be alright as long as the process is succesful. See, this is why you should keep a few nucs with spare queens. Fortunately a few months ago I ordered a couple of carni queens with the intention of starting nucs with them - supposed to ship in late April. So whatever happens I should be alright.
This queen is only a year old and hasn't been very impressive. I guess it happens.