We haven't seen our queen since the day I released her in the hive. Yesterday we were in the hive looking around and saw a queen. Now, she wasn't the one that we put in there. But as long as there is a queen should I care?
Then you have a laying queen, eggs are hard to see especially if wearing a veil (at least for me). I have found using one of the small LED flashlights to shine in the bottom of the cells really helps me out.
How was the brood pattern? nice and solid, almost all cells capped and close together or shotgun pattern, spread out and just a few here and there?