The frame was removed from the hive and the bees brushed off the cells. The photo was taken 1/2 way threw working right to left pulling the 5 day cells off the top grafting bar and placing them in the caging rig belowBut something noticeable is the cages are on the bottom bar, were there heaps of bees around the cages?
Some on once told me the small hole jzbz cages have "something" added to them... lemongrass, QMP etc but I haven't seen any documentation on it. I went with the small hole as that seemed to be the preferred one used by II and people banking to prevent tarsal pad damage.A helluva long-shot, of course, but what else could it be
Very possibly, I'm with Michael Bush on this.I think the question is it the rig some how stressing the queens out so they die after getting out of it,
SureMB is dead on the money with his advice, your new queens simply starved
Found it on a second attempt ...I thought I had one of those cages squirreled away - as someone once sent me a queen in one - but this morning I can't find it, so can't compare it with a Nicot roller cage ...