I have confined two queens this spring and neither have done anything. I do now have straight pollen so I placed some soft patty that I have for my honey bees in a ball with a small jar of sugar syrup with cotton balls. Will sub patty work?

I also wonder if my chamber is too big. It is probably about 14" square and I have a small entry chamber too. There was mention of putting several young nurse bees with her on here in an old thread, but I cannot find that suggestion anywhere else.

Or is it just luck?