Queen banking question
Ok, now that I got my excluder question answered here's another; Like most of you I receive large quantities of queens in the spring. Depending on weather and other variables I don't always get my queens put with a nuc right off the bat and sometimes have to hold them for a week or more. Last year that was no problem. This year, however, we had unseasonably cold weather and I chilled a bunch of queens, rendering them useless. Here's what I did: On top of a stong hive I put a queen excluder then an empty super, I put about 100 queens in and then shook in an additional 3 or 4 LBS of bees on top of the queens then put the lid back on. By morning the bees had clustered and only the middle queens were kept warm. This happened a couple times in the spring even after continuing to add more and more bees, from packages, to the hive in hopes of creating a big enough cluster to keep the queens warm.
Would one of those styrafoam supers and an insulated lid make a diference? Maybe 100 queens is too many? Maybe just leave them in my house and continue to add young bees every couple of days until I can use them? What does everyone else do? Thank you.
Bliss Honey and bee supplies