Re: Finishing capped cells after day 5 without a mechanical incubator
If your grafts are in JZBZ cups, you might have a bit of a problem come emergence time as the hair rollers only work with Nicot cups and holders. But sure, stick them in a hive over a qe for a few days next to a brood frame. You still need to get them into mating nucs by day 14, or 10 days after grafting, or you risk ending up with only one queen. I am using a queenless nuc as a starter finisher. I move the cells out next Wed. and will put the next grafts in on Thursday. I am using my incubator to dehydrate honey right now.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.