Re: Cloake Method for Fall Re-Queening
Here's an option for you.
Run your cloake board on your good hive and cut out cells to put in the top super of all your other hives. 90% of the time the virgin will emerge and will kill the old queens in the other hives for you. This will reduce the number of cloake boards needed and will be less time and disruption for all the other hives for you.
If you do it this way, add the queen cells to the supers of the other hives on the day they are timed to emerge. The old queens don't have a chance as they are laying with full ovaries and slow to battle. The virgins are killing machines and will take out the older queens and become the new queen mother of the hives.
I've been keeping a few hives for the past 20-25 years, and no longer treatment free as I got tired of the losses.