>>But let me ask you, why do you want to get your queens laying so early in an observation hive?
as I mentioned, it's a very small number of bees
I'm afraid they'll naturally dwindle down to a point where they can't recover in the spring
after reading Bullseye's comments maybe I'm worrying to much, my bees are in a similar condition to what he describes for his. perhaps I should just kick back and enjoy watching them