I'm experimenting with a home brewed graftless system:
I caged the queen yesterday, and when I checked today some holes had eggs and others didn't. I didn't release her yet - hoping she will lay in at least a dozen or so spots before I do. It's kind of hard to tell because the attendant bees have crowded in:
That's supposed to be a picture of the queen - she is in there.
Anyway, I guess I'll release her this afternoon in any event (if I don't get what I need I'll just graft) but just in case weather or something interfered how long could you leave her in there without doing any harm?
BTW, those are regular JZBZ cups sticking through the wood - filled with wax and then the wax drilled to regular cell size (some are .20" and some are .22" to see which work best) the excluder is held shut with a button magnet. After I made this I realized that I should have just ordered some Jenter cell cups and saved all the waxing business.
Anyway, it's an experiment.