Ahh that makes a lot more sense.Set up a queenless nuc. Put a frame of queen cages with queens in it. Don't add any more queens until you remove all of those queens.
I actually totally forgot at the begging of this post that they have an expire date of three weeks to mate and have to go in a matting nuc within that time frame.Are these virgin queens? I can't say for sure, but I'm suspecting they will need to be placed in a hive or nuc before three weeks time goes by, if they are virgins. Not positive, but is what I suspect, as virgins I've had that did not mate within three weeks of emerging, never did mate or mate well and had to be replaced if they didn't just disappear on their own. It may be that banking them from emergence would be different than having them emerge in a mating nuc to mate, maybe they'll last longer being banked, I can't say as I've never banked queens myself.
I meant to say if they are loose.>So multiple queens will kill each other no matter what the orientation.
I don't understand this statement. If they are loose and they are virgins, a definite yes.
> 1-How long will the other bees feed the queens in there cages?
> 2- What will happen if you add more queens latter on without removing the old ones? Will they just stop feeding the new ones? or...
They will kill the old ones and feed the new ones.
> 3-Could I just take a piece of 3/4 lumber the size of the inside of a frame drill about 50 1-1/2"holes all over and than sandwich the wood with queen separators and mount it all in a frame to have 50 or so queen jail cells were the workers can get in an feed them???
Sure. Or use JZBZ cages and something like this:
It will hold about 150 queens or so...
>4-What is the easiest way to get all the queens mated?
Separate mating nucs for each queen. Cage them AFTER they are mated.
> Can you just let one queen loose at a time?
> or do you have to build a matting nuc with 2 frame nuc's all separated in one box?
If you want 150 queens you need about 200 mating nucs each with a queen cell...
When you say queenles NUC would that be one frame of brood and one frame of honey/pollen ?Set up a queenless nuc. Put a frame of queen cages with queens in it. Don't add any more queens until you remove all of those queens.