Of the two options, can anyone suggest which would be better and the advantages or pitfalls of each.
#1) I would like to take queen cells out to an isolated yard, and install queen cells at the same time as I pinch the old queen. Is this favorable to do at the same time or is a time lag between pinching and introduction better? And what kind of realistic loss could be expected?
Assuming day 1 is egg being layed, and day nine would be capping of the queen cell, and day 16, queen emerging, then what day would be optimal for queen cell introduction, and the move involved in getting them to the yard? I would normally pull queen cells out on day 13 or 14 for nuc placement, but how much earlier can you do it without a major increase in damage odds to the cell.
Does it make sense to assume that if one of the queen cells dies or is not accepted, that an egg layed by the old queen would be started for a replacement, knowing that a queen cell is within the hive or would this cell inhibit construction of a new cell?
#2) Would be to take caged queens and also pinch the old queen. If the queen is not accepted, and even though she survives for some days in the cage, would this inhibit queen cell construction. I am concerned that if the eggs(lavae) go beyond day #4 or 5, and then the queen is killed or balled afterwards, I would have a dead hive.
In either case, I may not get back to this yard for a couple weeks. I would like to do the option that would be better in terms of odds, not only from accepting the queen cells or caged queens, but from a point of the hives raising a new queen if needed. Could a caged dead queen, or a dead queen cell, inhibit new construction past the point that the bees could not do that with the last eggs laid by the old queen?