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    Default New Split

    I did a split and took the split 3 miles from my apiary to prevent the bees from going back to their home hive. I purchased a queen since I was not happy with the genetics of the old hive. They are doing well in the new location, new brood, etc. How long before I can bring the hive back to the apiary?

    Thanks,

    Ed

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    Default Re: New Split

    I usually wait a week or so after the new queen starts laying.
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    Default Re: New Split

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    I usually wait a week or so after the new queen starts laying.
    Thanks, so do I close them off at night and haul them the next day to avoid leaving field bees?

    Ed

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    Default Re: New Split

    Yep, wait about a week.

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    Default Re: New Split

    I use #8 hardware cloth over the entrance affixed with thumb tacks. Work pretty well. It's very rewarding to do a split and have them thrive so soon. Nice work!
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    Default Re: New Split

    A week in the new location is plenty of time. Close off the entrance after dark, put them in your vehicle and move them; don't need to wait until next day.

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