I just received 6 queens this Friday to requeen a couple of weak colonies, with the intention of banking the rest. I had planned on de-queening a nuc I made from a swarm caught earlier this year, but wouldn't you know it I could not find the queen yesterday.
The weather has been rainy, windy and hot so I did not want to mess with the hives too much. I did de-queen the two hives that I want to re-queen. What I want to do is to make up a new nuc (five frame) with a division board feeder, three frames of capped brood, and the modified frame that will hold the queen in their cages (mini cage no attendants).
Can I make this up and install the queens all in one day, or should I wait a day or two? Should I put a queen excluder on a queenright colony and place the queens in there instead? I have read on this board that you can do this and that it helps to have some brood up there with them. What would you folks do? If I do wait how long can I keep the queens in the shipping cage. They are corked and do not have the candy plug installed yet. I have lightly sprayed the attendants with sugar water and placed fresh water on the screen.
Thanks in advance!