Re: Splits, Need to do 35
The longest it has ever taken me to find the queen when I set out to find her has been 5 minutes or so. I have also noticed that you can sort faster by knowing where she is not. I have never found the queen on a frame that was not loaded with bees. wave your hand over the fame as well or poke your finger at it. often the bees near the queen will react far more than any other bees in the hive. basically observe carefully for additional clues as to where the queen is. there is more to see than just a long bodied bee. of course they an like to run away from you and stay on t he under side or back side of things. I have never had the queen not know where I was and not try to avid being in my direct line of sight. they are always trying to dart to the other side of the frame. look through frames fast the first time. if you do not see her that way then go back more slowly. it may be a waste of time but it may save you a lot of time in some hives. the net should be a savings in time overall. have someone help you so both sides of a frame are being watched at the same time. great way to prevent hiding from working.
shake all the bees onto the ground and then catch the ball of bees. Okay I am just kidding on that one but wouldn't it be great to make it that easy.
one final not so sure idea. assume all queens where int eh lower deep. add caged queens to all upper deep splits. remove any queens that the bees act aggressive toward assuming that they do still have a queen. place caged queen int eh lower deep from the same hive and see if the bees act more accepting toward the new queen. In short this is an attempt to let the bees tell you if they have a queen or not . I am not sure how inclined bees are to lie to you though. try that one at your own peril.
Everything gets darker, as it goes to where there is less light. Darrel Tank (5PM drawing instructor)