even split questions
I split a 3 deep hive. The bottom 2 deeps had open and capped brood in each. The top deep had honey and pollen, no brood. I could not find the queen and could not see any eggs, it was cloudy and didn't have magnifying glass. So I took each deep with brood and faced them towards each other and added a deep of drawn comb and foundation on top of each. I then took the honey and pollen and put 5 frames of that in a deep and set on top of each of the deeps with comb and foundation thinking they will move it down. So now I have 2 hives with 3 deeps. I'm trying to split according to Michael Bush's instructions. Question 1. What are the chances that each brood box had a young enough egg to raise a queen? 2. The bee activity seems really alot stronger with one than the other after 24 hrs should I assume that the queen is in that hive? 3. When should I turn the hives so they are facing the direction I want them? It seems I should do it fairly soon as to not let them get used to that position and then just mess them up again later? I understand I have to watch for drift. 4. How long before queenless hive should have queen cells if they had an egg to raise?
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