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Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
Composter Beekeeper Houseplants Region: Tennessee Bee Lover Frugal Gardener
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plantcollector
Jul 16, 2017 12:45 PM CST
Today I split my hive. I took the queen and put her in the nuc along with 2 frames of brood and 1 frame of honey, 1empty frame and 1 empty frame of drawn-out comb. That left my big hive queen less hopefully they will make a new one.
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trailtwister
Jul 17, 2017 7:18 AM CST
Look in a couple more days and you should find queen cells. Use care when handling frames with cells on them.

Green Grin! Al
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
Composter Beekeeper Houseplants Region: Tennessee Bee Lover Frugal Gardener
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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plantcollector
Jul 17, 2017 7:34 AM CST
I was planning on cutting out all but 2 or 3. To try to keep them from reswarming. What do you think should I do that.

trailtwister
Jul 19, 2017 6:44 AM CST
First off I would have did a true split instead of a making a nuc if I was worried about the colony swarming.

A true split is taking half the bees, in my case one of the deeps and setting it on a double screen board, use a cloak board if you want them to make their own queen and just the screen board if you add a queen form a nuc or buy one.

But with what you did I would probably cut away a bunch of the cells but I seem to always miss a few.

Green Grin! Al
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
Composter Beekeeper Houseplants Region: Tennessee Bee Lover Frugal Gardener
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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plantcollector
Jul 19, 2017 9:36 AM CST
Thanks for the info. I really didn't want to do a split. But I was told the are going to swarm. They said that should help if I get most of the queen cells.

trailtwister
Jul 19, 2017 7:28 PM CST
To prevent a swarm when queen cells are present in the hive I do a artificial swarm. Take the queen and roughly half the bees to a new deep.
I tried the cutting out of queen cells and it just never worked for me, I always missed one some place.


Green Grin! Al
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
Composter Beekeeper Houseplants Region: Tennessee Bee Lover Frugal Gardener
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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plantcollector
Jul 19, 2017 8:30 PM CST
That's the way I understand it you can never get them all. That's why I just took the queen and a couple frames of brood to make her think she swarmed. The guy told me to get as many queen cells as I can but to make sure I leave as least 3 he said the new queen should kill the rest and hopefully they won't reswarm. Like I said before l didn't even want to do a split till next spring but I also didn't want to risk losing half my bees to a swarm. Odds are I'll be at work when they do

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