Re: Moving from ok queens . . . to great queens.
Yes Joseph Clemens, I remember your posting.
I've noticed in past years that the second round always seemed to come out better. I seem to remember reading somewhere about setting up the cell builders before hand with a frame of eggs/larva that were removed as the grafts put in, but can't remember where. Then I read your posting and so started doing it this way this year. I've liked the results so far. Thank you!
20+ years, raise my own queens, feed when needed. I treat, but have not perfected varroa management yet.