I am from Portugal! Here the Spring as just (early) began...+- two weeks ago!.. I just correct the "hours" 24 to 48. I Just wanna have the rearing queen hive, orphan about 48 hours, and I didn't know "how" and "Where" should I keep the two queen bees, in order to assure the bee queens food, water..etc. Why? -> It's a well-known pratice in Portugal:
1. - Make an orphan hive for about 48 hours;
2. - 24 hours after the begining of "orphanity", introduce a frame with queencells and grafted larvae;
3. - 48 hours after(the begining of orphanity) re-introduce the queen...
- But you have to own a strong colony with two boxes, and when you re-introduce the queen, you have to put between boxes a queen excluder.
With this method you simulated a swarm or substitute queen, at a very low cost. Many beekeepers use this method, with great results!
I cannot explain myself very well. My written english is no so good.