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  1. Anyone have a view on how big is too big for a colony this time of year? Have already done a small split but considering doing another full split of the hive. 3 full depth boxes of bees currently with about 75% coverage
  2. A week ago I created a split in my queen castle using 2 frames of eggs, brood of all stages and stores. I didn’t want to risk the brood getting cold / not covered, so I added a frame of nurse bees from a different hive. At the time they seemed to get on ok. A week later, half have died, and the other are very weak. I’m thinking they could have fought, tried to steal the reserves etc. any thoughts?
  3. So my ambitions of spring splits have failed. Either the hive swarmed, there were 2 swarm/emergency cells. Or they just failed to generate a viable queen. But my split didn't generate a queen and now after 4-5 weeks there are only a small number of bees left. The hive was 8 frames/box for 3 x ¾ and generated a 2box ¾ split with lots of foragers. There was fresh nectar and pollen, so I was optimistic. Now my original queen is still laying, but all stores are gone and will start feeding tomorrow. I'm happy there is no AFB. The SugarShake on the remaining hive had 3% varoa despite spring treatment, so getting more OA now already into 2nd week. What do I do about the remaining bees? I don't want to add the whole box with paper as that will block the others from feed for a few days, and the now small and vulnerable colony doesn't need the extra space Air freshner and just shake in the remaining bees? Forget them and just let it dead out? I know now, and should have guessed, I over estimated the flow and the strength of my parent hive. Lesson learnt
  4. I wanted to try my hand at overwintering a nuc. What are the challenges around this and when is the last month I could safely make a 3 frame walk away split that would get strong enough to winter?
  5. Hi, I have 2 hives, here in N Otago, looking strong and just finished the spring varroa treatment. I was thinking of splitting one hive and putting a virgin queen , from a good source in. Are there any recommendations as how to introduce her? I’ve read and watched various ideas and as with all else Beekeeping ‘ask 3 people get 4 answers” thx David
  6. Hi Guys, This is the same as my last post in the paupers split thread, I decided it deserved its own topic. I'm trying to decide whether or not I should split this hive again. The biggest issue I have, is that I fed them all winter and they have filled all the comb with honey. Now there is almost no empty comb for the queen to lay in. I don't need to get any honey of either hive this year, my main focus is on building up the number of hives I have. I can see two frames with multiple queen cells, so I'm tempted to put one of those frames in a nuc box with one or two honey frames and some undrawn frames. What will the queen do if there is none or minimal empty comb when she emerges? [GALLERY=media, 903]IMG_4098 by Mr Takahashi posted Oct 13, 2016 at 09:31[/GALLERY] [GALLERY=media, 904]IMG_4099 by Mr Takahashi posted Oct 13, 2016 at 09:31[/GALLERY] [GALLERY=media, 905]IMG_4100 by Mr Takahashi posted Oct 13, 2016 at 09:31[/GALLERY] [GALLERY=media, 906]IMG_4101 by Mr Takahashi posted Oct 13, 2016 at 09:31[/GALLERY] [GALLERY=media, 912]IMG_4118 by Mr Takahashi posted Oct 13, 2016 at 09:31[/GALLERY] [GALLERY=media, 911]IMG_4117 by Mr Takahashi posted Oct 13, 2016 at 09:31[/GALLERY] [GALLERY=media, 910]IMG_4115 by Mr Takahashi posted Oct 13, 2016 at 09:31[/GALLERY] [GALLERY=media, 909]IMG_4106 by Mr Takahashi posted Oct 13, 2016 at 09:31[/GALLERY] [GALLERY=media, 908]IMG_4105 by Mr Takahashi posted Oct 13, 2016 at 09:31[/GALLERY] [GALLERY=media, 907]IMG_4104 by Mr Takahashi posted Oct 13, 2016 at 09:31[/GALLERY]
  7. Hi all, I realise that the question of when to split comes up a lot, but I can't find anything conclusive about waiting for the queen to lay in queen cups. I have 1 hive, and an empty 2nd hive that I really want to populate, to give me some insurance against losing a queen etc. The spring buildup has been great, and the hive is pretty packed with brood (including a lot of drone brood and hatched drones) and honey. I've been working on the theory that before swarming, the bees will prepare cups and encourage the queen to lay in one/some. My understanding is that this is the best kind of new queen - as opposed to an emergency queen made from a worker egg in a standard worker cell, which is too small. So I've been waiting and waiting through spring for my excellent queen (a Daykel Carniolan) to lay in the multitude of queen cups dotted through the hive ... but she isn't. Our weather has been very hit and miss through spring and I don't think the temperature has been high enough so I'm not totally surprised, but there have been a few swarms in the area (but possibly from hives that are more sheltered than mine, which may feel the cold more, I don't know if that's a factor). So, my question is, when trying to get the best result from a home split, do people generally wait for the queen to lay in a queen cup, or just get it over with, split, and let the bees make and emergency queen - and possibly supercede her if she turns out to be bad? I'm also contemplating forcing the issue by attempting to graft some eggs into queen cups...
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