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I have about 20 splits I made that will be queen right this week (should be) my attempt at using the mini matting nucs was a cat 5 failure so until I get a grasp on them I was considering just letting the newly mates queens that take lay for about a week then harvesting them and re introducing another virgin a few days later. Is this an acceptable method. Can it be sustainable for a few cycles without having to add many bees. These are five frame nucs in ten frame deep colonies.
 

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Yes it is sustainable and in fact long time ago that is how queens were raised commercially. You may want to leave the queens laying for 2 - 3 weeks before caging to ensure population is maintained, but also these hives can explode, so use you judgement about how long to let them lay.
 

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Yes it is sustainable and in fact long time ago that is how queens were raised commercially. You may want to leave the queens laying for 2 - 3 weeks before caging to ensure population is maintained, but also these hives can explode, so use you judgement about how long to let them lay.
Good deal thanks!
 
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