I'm trying to stay on a schedule of grafting every 10-12 days.
Before I plant cells I inspect all of the mating nucs from the last group, and any of them where I don't spot a queen get a new cell. If they do have a queen I note it down, along with whether or not I spot any eggs/brood.
In a few days I recheck any that had queens but no brood - of course some have brood now, but a few seem to no longer even have queens. I could be missing queens that are there, but assuming sometimes there really isn't a queen at all - ??
Anyway, at this point it will be a week before I have ripe cells again, and those mating nucs have been queenless for around 2 weeks.
They are full frame nucs, so I could give them brood, I could also give them a 3 day old graft to keep them occupied, or should I just not worry about it? I know I could just graft more often, but at this point I don't really want to do that.
Instead of reinventing the wheel I thought it would be better to ask what you guys do that have worked this all out already.