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  1. #1
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    Default will this work?

    pull 1-2 frame of brood 2 frames of pollen and honey and 1-2 frames of un drown plastic comb ,place in a nuc, shake 2-3 frames of bees in to the nuc. feed them sugar water. will they raise there own queen ?

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    Default Re: will this work?

    As long as the brood are young enough (i.e. still a few eggs on at least 1 frame), then frequently yes. ...maybe even w/o the sugar water

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    Default Re: will this work?

    The queen may not be the best. You are putting a lot of demands on that small population. They will do the best they can.

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    Default Re: will this work?

    You need a frame with eggs so they can start cells with a right-age larva. And as Vance G said, you need lots of nurse bees to feed the cells and other brood. If you're going to make weak splits expect weak results. It will take them forever to get up and running, if they ever do. Try giving the split a frame of eggs, 2 frames of capped/emerging brood, a full frame of honey and pollen and then a frame of new foundation. Leave all the bees on those frames and shake more nurse bees (from open brood frames) into the split. Prior to the split you could take an empty box and transfer all the open brood into it (shake the bees off first), replace the frames with drawn or foundation, put an excluder over the brood box and place the super of open brood on top over the excluder. Nurse bees will move up to cover the open brood and you can then shake them into the splits.

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    Default Re: will this work?

    I like pulling a frame of brood with the old queen (like a swarm) for the nuc and let the mother hive raise the new queen.

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