wellIn the end, both virgins emerged. Then it went sideways. The south virgin was ignored and died, found her laying on the QE. The old queen swarmed anyway. And the North virgin ended up breed and in the bottom box.
Again, bees aren't reading the books I am..
Once in swarm mode, one is going to be hard pressed to keep the old queen around with capped cells/emerging virgins, and a larger queenless hive is very tempting to a virgin vs a smaller one, QE don't isolate bees like a double screen boardTo start, I was making spring cut comb, keeping the hive pushed down. Of course their response was to go into swarm mode.
and once you have a few started cells, a nuc will do a good job finishing them. It takes 400 mix aged bees with no other jobs to rear a quality cell, less of prime ageEach Qcell had it's own rear facing entrance with a colored disc reducer
those started cells could have bee moved to a 2 frame nuc , maybe add a shake of bees and or thinned to 2, and done well
I respectfully suggest the issues were not on the part of the bees reading books, but a human's impression of the internet
your in NM... warm zone 6 no reason to need heat for a hive below,Ok sure if your trying to make super early queens...maybe.. no hard and fast rules with bees
But, your talking about doing it on a comb honey flow.