Re: What to do with "extra" queens?
Do you have a bunch of permanent nuc boxes or use those cheap cardboard boxes? I'm thinking of doing the same thing but I think that selling a nice nuc box will eat up any profit pretty quick? Or am I missing something?
You are not selling the nucs, you are selling the queens. When you sell a queen, you slip another cell into the now queenless nuc for them to emerge and mate. If you do not sell all the queens in a timely manner as per the timing of the queen rearing, then you bank them to free up the mating nucs for another round of cells.
I've been keeping a few hives for the past 20-25 years, and no longer treatment free as I got tired of the losses.