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If the new queen has eggs and young larva is it OK to move the nucleus colony to a new yard or is it safer to wait until she has capped brood?
If it is a few miles move you wont lose foragers; same yard you will. My guess is that eggs and open brood is a better anchor than capped brood.If the new queen has eggs and young larva is it OK to move the nucleus colony to a new yard or is it safer to wait until she has capped brood?
Well, try not to stress them too much during the move... It is not the physical relocation that may get them upset, but your actions- rough ride, overheating, etc. Still it is not that common for bees to kill the young queen for no reason, if anything they will try to supersede her nicely if they don't like her. In any case I would not worry myself too much, just do what you have to do and bees will adapt.Thanks to both of you for your response, my concern is that they don't kill the new Queen? I have been under the impression that a newly made in Queen is slightly vulnerable To the bees balling and killing her.