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i've seen mention here and there that a new queen should be allowed to lay from 2 - 3 weeks before caging her for reintroduction and interrupting her laying to allow for optimal ovariole development.

does anyone have references to studies done in this regard or from experience have any widsom to share?
 

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Here is an Australian publication that talks about the fact and that it comes from research but doesn't have a reference to the actual study:
http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/305097/Buying-queen-bees.pdf

I believe they are referring to this study:
https://www.apidologie.org/articles/apido/abs/2004/04/M4018/M4018.html

I can't read this one (access) but it looks like it comes to similar conclusions:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347299913118

https://www.latrobevalleybeekeepers.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Rearing-queen-bees-NSW-DPI.pdf
"Current research indicates that queens that are caught 28 days after emerging from the cell and caged for mating are less likely to be superseded than younger queens when introduced into a new colony."--pg 9 1st paragraph of above document

I used to have a couple more, but the links don't work anymore...
 
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