Our club members are recommending that toward the end of summer, I exchange the queen I received with my GA package with a queen of known characteristics including the ability to weather the DC winter. They provided a guide (Mating Nucs, geared to a Lang). It is detailed, but it would help me to understand what I’m doing if I could get a broader view of what has to be in place for the queen cell to take.
Could I get your take on what has to be in place prior to introducing the queen cell and particularly why? – Mike