hey everyone! i know i've been away for a while, but i have a problem. Yes, i know... it's nearly midnight
! I built myself a second nuc box, because i'm selling two splits to a fellow who is painting our house. i have one rearing its queen already for like 10 days, but once i finished this nuc box, i just couldnt wait to get bees in it. so i did it just now. by candle light (the flashlight died just as i had the hive opened)
there was no way i could possibly find the queen, so i'll look for her in the nuc box tomorrow. i figured, there are 20 frames in the hive, and i'm taking 4, and adding a frame of foundation "on the house." that leaves me a 20% chance of getting the queen in there. now one of these frames was capped brood. down to 15%. and another frame is nectar. down to 10%. we'll see tomorrow how bad my luck really is!
my question is this: if the queen is in the nuc box, can i return her to the original hive, or will this hive no longer accept her?
thank you all so much!