Nuc vendor terminology: "laying queen" = cage inserted?!
Got some nucs from a new vendor this year, on the reassurance that they would have "accepted, laying queen". The pickup was disorganized and poorly-run. The nucs were well-provisioned and packed with bees, but all had a queen cage still inside. Only one in three had eggs, the others had capped queen cells. One of these, purchased as an Italian, had about 15 lemon-colored bees and the rest were dark carni-looking workers.
Maybe I'm too literal (and I'm not familiar with nuc production norms), but if you know the queen is "accepted and laying", that necessarily means you've examined the colony after release right? And why would you NOT remove the queen cage if you really did that examination?
Didn't I get nucs that were made up and just had queen cages dropped in a couple days before they were sold? And is that typical when you pay for a "laying, accepted queen"?
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