Can't find queen
Hi, I started with a 3 lb box of bees, install went good, three days later queen is out of her cage. But I couldn't find her. I was looking for about 15 minutes. I didn't want to disrupt them to much, they are starting to draw comb.
I WANT TO WAIT A FEW MORE DAYS BEFORE I look for her again. Is it a good idea to wait? thanks
Yes, it is indeed a good idea to wait. You're right to not want to disturb the bees any more than necessary. That's true at any time, but especially for a newly installed package.
Instead, wait several more days, and then do another hive inspection.
But don't worry about finding the queen. It can take quite a bit of time, and can involve going through every single frame of the hive to find her. Especially if you're new to beekeeping - though even experienced beekeepers can take quite a bit of time to find a queen.
(And especially if you're TRYING to find her. I spot the queen most frequently when I'm not trying / don't need to find her! )
And though there are occasions when it is essential to physically find the queen, this isn't one of them. All you really need to do at this stage is verify that she's out of the cage (which you already know), and that she's laying eggs.
So when you open the hive next, I wouldn't even bother to look for the queen. Instead, just look for eggs at the bottom of the cells. They can be hard to see, but you should be able to spot them. And if some of the eggs have hatched, you'll be able to see the little larvae curled up in the bottoms of the cells.
When you see that (eggs or larvae) then you'll know that the queen is doing her job, and all is well. No need whatsoever to find the queen.
If you don't have any eggs or larvae in the hive within a week to week and a half of the queen being released, then you have cause for concern. At that point, I'd recommend that you contact your package supplier.