One of the challenges of queen rearing is the weather. After a queen emerges from her queen cell, she will spend several days gaining strength and orienting on her hive. If the weather is good, she will fly, mate, return to her hive and start laying eggs.
There is a problem when the weather is not good. For a queen to mate, the temperature must be above 68 degrees. For the last month, it has been too cold, wet, windy or raining. The virgin queens just cannot get out to mate. If they do fly and get caught in the rain, they will not come back.
This is very frustrating for everyone.