Next year I plan on looking into ways of rearing a few queens. I would like input on a few things and maybe a few questions answered.
I was watching the fatbeeman's youtube video and how he rears queens. I was thinking about taking an empty medium frame and placing it into the brood nest (deep). After 3-4 days go back in and see if it has been filled. If so take it out and attach queen cups to the bottom of the frame and graft in larvae. Place back into a queenless nuc (deep). I don't need a ton of queens. I just need a few to fill nucs/splits/requeen. Does this sound like a feasible plan? This way I don't have to make special frames. Also will the brood survive all this or will it die from being chilled? Should I attach the cups to the frame before or after I put it in the egg donor hive? It would be easier if I could do it before, but I am not sure if those empty cups would have any effect on the hive.
So my next question is what do I do with all the queens that I don't immediately need? I don't really want to invest on a fancy queen castle. I am a small time hobbiest that hopes to keep 5-10 hives without buying anymore bees. Any creative solutions? Take an 8 frame box and split it in 4?