I caught two swarms last sunday the 8th of May and combined them into one hive on Monday. I inspected this hive on Friday the 13th and found the queen, she's big and fat, very beautiful looking, but I found no eggs/brood what so ever.
Given that they were two swarms and there was another queen that she had to fight and kill would it be normal for her not to have started laying yet? Should I give her a little time before I re-queen or is she a dud that I need to re-queen right away?
My other swarm that I've had for about 3 weeks started laying right away.
She has a beautiful solid laying pattern, text book perfect.