Re: WHEN to mark a new queen.
I would not ask the preconceived WHEN question which then drives you into a tunnel.
Originally Posted by little_john
I would rather ask the WHY question because this is what you are really after, I believe.
The WHY does include WHEN, just to clarify.
Nothing is lost.
And so, one possible "why":
- it is entirely possible that the significantly smaller volume of the half-frame mating nuc creates environment where the smell of the marking paint is strong enough (even after some drying) to trigger aggressive response against the smell source (the marked queen); full size frame nucs are large enough to allow for sufficient dissipation of the smell to not create any issues.
So here you have it.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.