Today is the 14th day since the last time that I planted cells, and I have a new batch that I need to plant into mating nucs tomorrow. So we've had marvelous weather all week (good for mating) but it's turning rainy today and tomorrow (of course) so I got out first thing this morning to see how many queens I have and which nucs need to get a cell tomorrow.
Before I got rained out I went through about a dozen of my 4 frame medium nucs, and only found eggs in one. Maybe I just had really bad luck this time, but it would be by far the worst percentage yet. I suspect that my 50 year old eyes are betraying me, and if I could wait 3 more days then open brood would be more apparent. I have trouble seeing eggs through a veil and without reading glasses. Getting old sucks.
Anyway, I guess I just need to time my grafting to give me a few more days next time until I get better at spotting eggs. It would probably also help to use smaller mating nucs, but I'm really liking all of the drawn comb, and brood frames that these produce once they get going - like a frame of each per week per queenright nuc.
I'd welcome advice if anyone has any - otherwise I guess I'm just singing the beginner queen raising blues.