Re: Queen replacement strategy advice needed
You kind of created a problem for yourself - your new queens are arriving today - and yet you have no queen-less units waiting for the queens and don't really have a plan for these new queens.
The queens will be fine overnight in your house (assuming a cool, conditioned house and live attendant bees and a sugar plug in each cage) - just water them (search how to water them).
Meanwhile, I would urgently create a small holding nuc for each queen (just 1 frame of capped brood/young bees + 1 shake of bees are fine; I assume there is a little honey on the frame too - for the holding nuc to float a few days).
Ensure NO queen to be in those holding nucs.
Do this immediately - so your holding nucs stay queen-less overnight and all that remain in them - young bees and whatever brood there is.
Tomorrow introduce the new queens - in the shipping cages - to your queen-less holding nucs.
The bees should take the queens OK (search how to ensure bees took the queens OK).
Added: check one more time - to be sure the holding nucs have NO accidentally moved queen - I myself am terrible in finding queens (with some bad outcomes).
Once you have your new queens placed into the holding nucs - then you think what to do next and what is it you want to accomplish.
Now you have few days to think, ask questions, and plan out your moves.
Take your time since you now can (and queens cost money to buy).
Sounds like you jumped ahead of yourself a little - in my opinion.
You create a plan and have your things lined up to execute the plan - then you order the live queens.
Last edited by GregV; 07-16-2019 at 04:10 PM.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.