Please can a breeder help me out understanding the process for holding queens for insemination? Both before insemination and after. I'm having a play with insemination but success is patchy at present so would like to clear up this part of the process.
When I've bought inseminated queens from a particular supplier in the past there was a high rate of Supercedure at introduction. Someone else, who would be consider this suppliers competitor so not a neutral voice said to me "its because they don't go back into the same nuc they came out of, they just get banked and shipped out".
Is there truth in this statement? Do virgins for insemination need to go in and out into the same mating nuc with you preventing any extra mating flight?
Or can virgins be born into a bank and then inseminated? Can they go back to the bank or need to lay up in a nuc before shipping or a hive?
Can virgins be born into an incubator and kept there until after insemination and then into nuc, bank or shipping? Are incubators just for freeing up cell finishers? My virgins become wet after 4 days but do survive for 10 (just as a test, they don't look up to being inseminated at any point after 3 days but are still to young).
Are there other scenarios I've not thought of? I realise there are different ways of doing the same thing..
I would appreciate any help so I don't waste more money and another season