I am replacing all 10 of my queens this weekend (they are all over a year old and are getting a little "hot") and I want to know if there is a good way to hold my old queens in reserve until I am sure the new ones will "take". I don't need 10 new hives and I don't have any nucs but I do have several old boxes that can be divided with a wooden panel.
I thought about putting them in the queen cages that the new queens came in, but I want to leave the hives queenless for 12 hours before introducing the new queens so that won't work.
I guess I could get some more queen cages when I go to pick up my new queens.
If I did make a new nuc out of some of the queens could I put foundation and a couple of frames of bees in a divided box and fool them into thinking that they have swarmed? Will they draw out the foundation that way?
Any ideas will be appreciated.