I blame LJ for the Rose method.
Well for setting me off on it anyway. It seems there is not "a " Rose method. I have played with it a bit am wondering what others are seeing. I am using a stand alone hive as a victim which has it's own limits in options.
Started off by letting them swarm. That conflicted with my vision of rotating through batches of cells. Never planned to do grafts, just frame rotation.
Found I was not getting there regularly enough to catch the on the "fourth day add grain bag" step and was missing that cycle. So naturally believing it was better to change the method than myself I have tried varying the extent of bag coverage as sort of a vertical split. Got some nice looking starts with an immediate full bag block ( still access over the top so not emergency looking or timed ). Moved them to the QR side to finish. They tore them down instead.
Have gotten three out the door, too soon to tell. One is looking like a no hatch. Really I am getting there 3 to 5 days apart.
This queen has acted strangely to the rotation of 2 empty combs down into her box at each visit. Alternates between laying up beautiful slaps of solid worker and taking a break and only isolated small patches of brood. Looking for a pattern that explains, not seeing one. One of the good cells was found in the lower box on the outside of the outer frame opposite where she was working. The erratic space I am creating is likely the cause of that.
As far as getting a lot out of a single hive it seems to have potential. It's erratic output is on me. Right now it is likely going to require supering to prevent flooding. not looking forward to the lifting.
Crofter, you had a chance to try it out?
It is hard to design a safety net that some will not use as a hammock.