How to go from castle to 4 nucs?
How do I go from a queen castle to nucs without losing existing field force? I have queen castle with (4) 2 frame sections. Some of the sections are pretty weak, I plan on transferring to my swarm trap nucs (dark camo colors), adding frames and a feeder to make up the 4 winter nucs. thinking I would also shake some bees into the box while making them up what keeps the bees from just going home?. The plan was to move the nucs 3 miles down the road but the sections are small and weak, the field bees are critical in numbers so I would do it at night, how soon do the bees return to their old house and the original bees from being too confused to find their queen?
Second Idea was:
• put another Queen castle with only a center divider on top of the existing.
• move the center two sections to new Castle and block the two holes for this side.
• Add frames of bees and feeder to each section (each hive donates a couple).
am I overthinking this?
Any ideas would be helpful. Weather here in Boring Oregon is 78 and partial to full sun. Flow is over, we do not expect rain until September.
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