I have a few hives & recently one of them swarmed to a nearby branch & I was able to collect them into a hive box which they accepted as their new home.
5 days later I was watching the entrance & I saw the Queen flying around the entrance & close-by & eventually went back into the hive.
My assumption was that this Queen would already be mated as she came from one of my older hive colonies. Mated Queens are thinned down in weight by the colony so they can fly off correct?
So my question is: Does a mated Queen that has swarmed, and then re-homed into a new hive box, need to do any orientation flights? Or because she is already mated, therefore has no need to leave the hive & mate, so therefore she has no need to do orientation flights?
I would just like to be sure this Queen I mention is definitely the mated Queen from the old hive & not a Virgin Queen from somewhere else!