Re: Unmated queen and attendants
I have been able to introduce virgins I raised successfully into nucs, usually. My observations are that after emerging, the new queen is very active and is able to feed herself. Even with candy and water available, their vigor declines and they are fairly lethargic after day 3. After day 4 they are dead, no matter what I seem to do. Newly emerged virgins I direct release. An older one is caged and placed in a queenless hive, the bees feed her and her strength returns after a day, she can then be released manually. If released while weak, she does not make it. Again, these are my obsevations on a limited number of virgins and my failures initially outweighed my successes.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.