Re: Splitting Small Cell Bees
I was worried about that myself Grant, when I started my first small cell hive the cells where smaller than anything I'd seen, and looking at the queen on them that I'd transfered from a large cell hive, it didn't look like she'd be able to lay eggs without difficulty.
Anyhow, as I watched, she carried on laying, and here's a pic. Notice she doesn't stick much of her abdomen in, just the end, I think that's cos she has to elongate her abdomen to slim it down to get into the cell. Now the hive is established the brood nest is fine, good brood pattern, no worries.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).