I set up a couple of nucs the other day and have a couple of issues. I got a couple of NW carnolians and pulled frames of bees from two hives ( one italian and one carniolan), with brood of all ages. I waited about 6 hours before putting the queens, in their JZBZ cages into the nucs. Conventional wisdom is to wait 24 hrs., but I have heard that within 2 hrs. the bees know they have no queen.
48 hours later, the italians have freed their queen and she is strutting around like she owns the place. In the carniolan nuc, I found a queen cup with a "c" larva about 3 to 4 days old. I removed it. Queen has not been freed. I also shook a few more bees into both nucs, after spritzing them with some sugar water to beef up the population. Fast forward 2 hours and the carniolan nuke is being robbed like crazy. I closed off the hive completely, trapping a bazillion robber bees into the hive.
Question: Will, in Star Trek term, will the robber bees be assimilated given that they will not be able to get out? I will keep them closed up until tomorrow evening, at the least.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts.