Re: Mini-Mating Nuc Timing Question
Yikes, for starters, I dont get your initial timeline. You grafted the cells last weekend and have already moved them into the mating nucs? The queen calendar I use has you move them on day 14, not day 10. Regardless, you should plan on pulling the queen around day 10 post emergence. This gives her time to get mated and just started laying. I just pulled my first mating nuc queen of the season and installed her in a queenless nuc. She was in there about 11 days and had layed up the little bit of drawn comb that wasn't filled with syrup. If you graft every two weeks, I think the timing works out about right.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.