I started last April with 2 Buckfast hives, struggled thru a miserably hot, dry summer, fed less than 2 weeks in the fall because I thought they were a little short on stores due to the drought, worried thru the shortest winter ever and now have 6 hives! Both hives, but especially the west one, had bees making orientation flights beginning in January and by February I figured I better see how they fared because there seemed to be clouds of bees out there every day. There were so many bees in that west hive I decided to do a split. To make an already long story a little shorter, they began swarming the third week on February & so far we have caught 6 swarms( they conveniently land in a huge cedar tree close to them). I have a new location to move 2-3 of them to 14 miles away.Now for the real purpose for this post- most of thes hives have new queens-2 are less than a week old and I need to know if I should wait till I see eggs to move them? Will they mate more successfully here or will they have no problem finding a DCA wherever they are?