Re: Leave them alone for 10 days question, confirmation
Walt, I have been thinking on your comment. I started to write a lengthy reply supporting my thinkign but deleted it in favor of jstu gettign to the point. Your view favors a prolong production of 1,400 bees per day rather than taking measures to increase the laying to as much as 7,000 eggs per day. the number I understand a healthy queen can lay. this increase could happen in as little as one day if a queen is capable of that sort of increase in laying.
Older larva I take it is the larva in the last two days of development. putting 2800 larva at risk int eh first 24 hours. a potential 7000 larva over 5 days in order to allow the queen to lay as many as 35,000 eggs in that same 5 days. I may have starved 7000 larva. I also may have given the queen the room to lay those 35,000 eggs.
I also realize there are other factors related to how many eggs the queen in fact lays. Given this nuc had a lot of bees that did not have room on the frames it is my thinking there are considerable bees to cover comb and allow an expansion of the nest. They have a none stop supply of sugar water and are foraging. I also see at least some pollen coming into the hive. I cannot say at this time if it is a lot or not. I have nothing to compare to. my thinking is that pollen would be the major limiting factor to how many larva can be sustained. It is also my opinion that they can sustain far more larva than are currently being produced. I have considered adding pollen patties to the top of the hive but so far have not done so.
IN all I still see an increase in laying is preferable to sustaining a longer period of lesser production. even if it means the loss of the larva produced during the time of restricted laying. In addition it is in the best interest of the queen to get her up to full potential in the least amount of time possible. A queen restricted in her laying is being harmed. possibly irreversibly so.
So taking into consideration more than just that every single larva survives I am not sure that what I have done is not the correct thing to do.
All work and no play makes a happy bee.