I split a hive last sunday afternoon, (8 days ago).
Friday I checked on it and had 15-20 emergency
About 80% contain larva.
On Friday afternoon none of the cells were capped.
One or two larva were fairly obvious but most were
too small for me to be sure they were there.
I assume they were there due to the large gob of jelly.
The Timing I have is as follows:
3 in the egg
5 as a larva, then capped
8 for final development.
How exact are these timings?
I Assume several things from this timing and my observation.
Please confirm or deny....
#1 None of the queens in the cells could have been
older then 3 days from being laid.
This is good.
#2 Most of them were probably newly laid eggs
at the time of the split.
#3 These have a good chance of becoming good queens ?
#4 When I look tonight, 8 days post split any
uncapped queens are worthless and should be
#5 I should pull one of the frames with queen
cells on it and place it in another box to get
2 queens instead of one.
When should I do that?
Mating success is about 75%?
#6 My frames are standard deeps with a plastic
sheet core in the foundation.
I don't think I'm up to doing a cut-out now anyway.
I can just move the whole frame, right?
#7 The parent hive is a VERY good one so far and
I'd like to get some more like it.
Does this approach usually result in new hives
true to the parent?