Re: Introducing cells to a nuc?
It's pretty tough to make up a nuc that small with consistently good success. Your basic plan is a good one but remember it takes proportionally more bees to cover one frame than it does to make them up with 2 or ideally 3 combs. Confining them longer will probably just make things worse. My suggestion is not to confine them at all, to move them in the evening after making them up and giving them one full day to fly in their new spot. The next morning you can even them up (or do some switching between larger and smaller nucs) before finally installing your cell 1 full day and 2 nights after the move. We make up thousands in this manner each year with excellant success. Lots of them will begin to make cells but your newly emerged virgin will deal with them just fine.
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