What's the optimum environment for virgin introduction?
I will be using medium frames in queen castles or divided 5 frame nucs. It has been suggested that using two frames is better than three...
The virgins will be about two days old when I get them.
I have read conflicting advice concerning the makeup of the bees/brood. I have been led to believe that nurse bees and emerging brood was best, with little or no open brood.
Is this true?
When people are heavily smoking bees or spraying them with syrup (or using ammonium nitrate) before releasing the virgins, are they doing this with a nuc or hive that also has a population of field bees? Or is this also recommended with nurse bees?
There's so many variations...
Is there an optimum environment for virgin introduction?
Trying to think inside the box...