Learning from a previous disastrous push-in cage queen-release experience, I decided that this time, I would make absolutely sure no bees could get in prematurely. So I modified an ulster observation hive with hardware cloth on top of the queen excluder, put a frame of capped brood, nectar and honey in the observation window, and nudged the queen in. Questions:
since the newly emerged brood are normally fed and cared for by nurse bees, will they survive and make it to day 3 when they become nurse bees themselves?
will the queen be OK without attendants until the newly emerged brood (if it survives) becomes nurseworthy? Can she feed/groom/ whatever she needs herself?
I think I understand that the advantage of a push-in cage is the queen can start laying and thus emit higher levels of QMP. Will she do so if s he’s alone without attendants?
Many thanks as always, let me know if photos would help!