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Overrun with beasties
- Jan 22, 2020
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- Big Chimney, WV
Thank you very much for the link. And i have watched several YT videos about splits but still have a couple of questions...[...]
A walkaway split is that simple. Basically split the brood and supplies into new hive. The bees in queenless half will take several larval worker bees and feed them royal jelly. That turns them into queen bees. There are several good youtube videos. Here's a link to written description.
How to make a walkaway split to build more coloniesIn contrast to a swarm-control split where you need to know the whereabouts of your queen, a walkaway split can be made without having to find the queen.www.honeybeesuite.com
But first, tomorrow is honey harvest day! - Three weeks ago, the honey super was about 60% full, so i assume they're ripe. What i will do tomorrow:
- Remove frame by frame from the honey super, brush off the bees and place every frame into an empty brood box with cover, so that no bees can get in.
- Remove the empty honey super.
- Remove the queen separator.
- Inspect the beetle-trap and replace it when it is full.
- Inspect the brood boxes for brood and drones: I'm not sure if i can distinguish between worker bee- and drone-cells, but the caps of the drone cells should be bulging outwards. (?) - Also looking for hive-beetles and signs of wax-moths.
- Lift and shift the entire hive (two full-size 10 frame boxes) from the base-board to a screened base-board.
- As the whole hive will be pissed with at this time it doesn't matter to add a little more insult to about 300 bees by performing a sugar-roll to test for varroa-mites.
- Put back the queen separator and the empty honey-super. If there were frames in the honey-super that were less them 30% full, those will go back into the center and empty frames will be added.
- Inner cover and lid will go back on
- I will run like hell to my garage, where the honey extractor is located…
So, my idea is to split the full hive vertically:
- Disassemble the whole hive again and move, for example the left five frames from both brood-boxes and the honey super into the left side of a second hive of equal size.
- Fill up both hives with five empty frames for each of the three boxes.
- Assemble the two hives.
Would that work?
I also read that the new reared queen must perform her maiden flight and mate with a drone bee (preferably from another hive). - How do i know if there are drone bees from other hives around in about four to five weeks? Just risk it?
Thank you very much in advance for your help!