I bought a Bushy Bee queen castle...4 slots, 2 frames maximum or could divide in half. Will be inspecting a hive down the road and my own today and tomorrow...if I find uncapped queen cells I want to bring over and raise a few. Not into grafting yet...just starting and into how to take care of, transport and eventually give or sell to others. I've read the sites, asked some questions and appreciate everyone's help.
Question now...how to feed? Say I get 4 queen cells I'll probably take the entire frame or cut out and put on to an emptier frame, what should the other frame be? Pollen and sources? (like a nuc)? I will bring nurse bees I am sure who will attend to her...foragers won't stay, right? They will fly back to the hive.
I'm not expecting too much this season except to learn by asking and trying so bare with me and thanks! I have 5 nucs from splits and yesterday I heard roaring for the first time... I thought I had a swarm! I realized finally there was probably some queen action going on in one of the nucs. I am not touching them now. They settled and I never saw a swarm.... so exciting!
Off for a hike, thank you and enjoy your Saturdays wherever your are!