Re: When is the best time to use a Queen Castle
I am using that type of box for the first time this year.
I grafted some cells and put the cells on Queenless frames with some brood and nectar.
On the ones that didn't end up with a mated Queen I exchanged one of the frames for one with young larvae. Now they are making their own Queen without my having grafted.
I pulled the 2 frames and the new mated Queen from a central slot last and put them in a nuc box. There were still quite a few bees on the bottom and side walls so I slipped in a bloodless drawn frame. If they sit on that I will shake them into the nuc this evening.
Janne....first hives April 2013, 19 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06