I have newly laying queens in quad deep mating nucs and am hoping to release them into regular four or five frame nucs for sale. I built the mating nucs following the plans from the Michigan beekeepers site here https://michiganbees.org/wp-content/...s_20150130.pdf
The mating nucs are in the same yard as the donor hives to make up the regular for sale nucs
My first choice for introduction is- Clip two of the frames together and put them in a nuc box, they will have a laying queen and will have lots of bees in attendance. I can then add frames of bees and brood from donor hives.. In theory they will not try and ball a laying queen with a full frame of brood and attendants.. I'd then go back a couple days later pull the clipped minis, replace with a frame from the donor hives and sell the nuc.
My second choice would be to make the nuc up, leave queenless for a day or two, then insert the clipped together minis with laying queen. This might make them more accepting of a foreign queen and many of the older bees, who are more likely to reject the queen would have returned to their home hives.. Is this step necessary?
These are my first laying queens of the season. I really don't want to kill them so wondering if anyone has experience with this. I made one of these up last year and while making it is a pain, it overwintered well up here in coastal BC Canada, so I made a few more.