Re: Making a split and not moving it? I may have a problem.
When you say "next to" how exactly were they placed? You want to keep the entrances seperated or you will have major drifting to the strong hive where the main flow(flight) of bees are. It's best to place the new hive/nuc entrance facing a different direction. As long as you shake in plenty of bees and give them honey and pollen in frames to start they should be ok. When you start a nuc or hive and leave it in the original yard the older field bees go back to the original hives and there is only young bees left in the hive. Then there is no foragers for a while until the nurse bees age.
Leer Family Honey Farm-Shannon Leer