I’ve been vaguely wondering about this.
Would it be possible to start a micro colony with say just 12 worker bees and a queen? On a tiny piece of comb in a tiny box? Could those few workers produce sufficient royal jelly to power a queen I wonder? Is there a known minimum (@Michael_Bush )
I saw these the other day- they seem relatively small compared to a nuc or a package:
They say you need two frames minimum- but those frames are teeny weensy.
I’m not actually thinking about trying to start micro colonies I am just curious.