I have a question about raising queens. This is my first year at trying to raise queens and I only have a few hives. I have already raised one batch, but i was unsuccessful when it came to the mating. I lost all but two and not sure if they were mated successfully yet. I am using the nicot system instead of grafting. I was wondering if I could build a box with separate chambers,place capped queen cells in each chamber and place it above a queen excluder. Would the bees in the hive allow the queens to emerge, mate and lay? Any suggestion would be helpful.