I await three new queens in the mail that will not be here until next week. I split my strong hive on May 24, so today I went through to see which one the Queen was in. I found the 8 frame spit that I left in my Bee Yard had the Queen, as plenty of uncapped brood were present. The other 3 await the delivery of their new Queen. During inspection, I saw, and carefully cut-out two queen cells. The third hive had what appeared to be a hatched queen cell.
As I do not want queens present when the new ones arrive, I cut out the remaining un-hatched ones.
So as I had nothing to loose, I conducted an experiment. I carefully mounted them on two separate entrance feeder tops, and introduced about 5 nurse bees into the glass feeder jar with some added sugar, with a few drops of water.
I am keeping them in the car today, as it is warm here in the Northeast.
Has anyone done this before, and if so is there a good chance that they will hatch? I may have one hive that went Queen-less, so this was worth the experiment.