I curently have 4 Russian Hives and 1 hive that I think is mutt Italian but not really sure (bees are from a swarm, are dark, are pretty hot and it might even bee a Russian queen I can't find -- long story posted elsewhere).
I intend to requeen 1 Russian hive and the Mutt Italian with Cordavan Italian queens.
I understand (from reading and experience) that switching from an Italian queen to a Russian queen can be difficult. Is the same true when you go from Russian to Italian?
To requeen Italians with Russians, I have kept the queen in the cage, without the cap removed, for a week. Should I do the same when it go from Russian to Italian?