Re: Need Guidance Making Splits
With a two box hive, go through the boxes to find frames you want in the split. Shake or brush the bees off of those frames into the bottom box that you are leaving in place with the old queen in it. Then put excluder over that box, and add the new box of shaken nekid frames over the excluder and put on the hive top. Come back just before dusk the next day and set the top box off to a new stand. It will have your queenless split and enough nurse bees to care for the brood. Add a feeder to it and you're off to the races.
This way the chances are very good the queen is below the excluder and so in the original place when you set the split off. You will want to put another box on top the queen right hive when you set off the split, as they will still have all the forager bees and will need to expand as nectar comes in. You need a feeder on the split as they have no forager bees now since being moved to a new location, and they'll need a simulated nectar flow to raise good queen cells. It will be good to have a frame of mostly pollen in the split next to the frame of eggs so then you'll just need to feed some sugar water in the feeder.
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