zone 3 240 colonies
I am planning on raising some queens this summer using the Brother Adam/Kirk Webster/Micheal Palmer system. I really want the queens to emerge near the end of June so I can maximize the amount of bees and brood for making splits, I am solidly in zone 3. But something came up and I need to leave the state and will be gone from June 19th-June 23rd. I have never raised queens before except from mad fits of swarming in which I gained many colonies. My question is do you think it would be better to graft and leave, so I can be back in 5 days to transfer the cells into the queen right finisher OR at day 5 transfer the cells into the queen right finisher and then leave and be back just in time to make up the nucs and place queen cells in each? I would rather do it the first way seems less risky, because if I choose the second way and I was late getting home the queens may emerge and kill each other. What is the reason that on day 5 the cells need to be transferred to the queen right finisher? Is this an exact timing thing, what would be lost if it were on day 7 for example? I value all opinions and knowledge, I have been intensely reading so many of these threads since I got my bees. Thanks! Cal PS I have dependable children that would be at home to refill feeders etc.