How long to be queenless before new queen
I pinched some queens in several hives that I wanted to add a new purchased queen to. I pinched them on Wed. but then it was Sunday before I had the queens placed in their cages in the hives. So by the times she gets released they could have capped their own queen cells.
Will my queen run through the hive and kill all the other found cells or is there a risk she could miss one, it emerge and they battle it out. How long do people let a hive be queenless before putting the caged queen in? Thanks