Greetings fellow beekeepers,
This is a first for me so wish me luck:
I am considering taking my little queen production operation to the next level and would like to eliminate the tedious step of brushing off the bees from the frames after the cells are capped, prior to introducing them in the incubator. Forgive my ignorance but would exposing the capped cells to enough co2 to knock down the nursing bees have any adverse effect on the developing queen larvae?
Also on the subject - for regular co2 operations - is it preferable a low or high-flow gas rate, lower or upper point/s of entry would be advisable and are multiple points of entry in the gassing chamber beneficial? Would one continue to run the gas for tens of seconds or minutes after the last bee dropped off and is there a correlation between those seconds/minutes and the time interval the bees are subsequently inactive? Finally, would vaporizing the bees (with Oxalic acid) prior to their co2 exposure bee too much for the poor creatures?
There is rather scarce information on the subject and I am grateful for any answers addressing the above even partially.
Thank you for your time!