You could just not worry about the queen. Break the hive into nucs, cell all of them. On your first inspection the nuc with the queen will be obviously stronger. Besides, there is a fair chance you will spot her without even trying.
5Y-25H-T-Z6b-0 winter losses in '14
If you sprinkle some bee-go on your smoker fuel ....then smoke the bees they will move through the excluder.....even during cooler weather.
Leer Family Honey Farm-Shannon Leer
Now that I went to eight frame mediums, I split them by the box and don't look for anything other than four 8 frame medium boxes full of bees. The queen is wherever she is and the part that is queenless will raise one. I can split a yard in an hour or two, depending on the size of the yard. If I'm wanting to introduce queens, I do it as cells, in all of them. The queenlesss ones will usually accept the queen, and the queen right ones usually get superseded.
But assuming you don't want the queen in it, (so you can introduce queens) I think shaking them all off (or blowing them all off) and putting the frames above an excluder is your best bet.
I like to crack the hive and check for brood in top and bottom box without pulling any frames. If both boxes have brood top box goes on a new pallet put lids on and move on to the next. Next day or two I'll add cells to all of them add a box with drawn comb and foundation and give them light syrup. 10-15 days later I'll check for eggs and add mated queens if the hive is queenless. This has worked out good for my little operation. I prefer to do my splits day after I get them home from almond, that way all my new splits can stay in the same yard.
I am a hobbyist bee keeper and I come from Malta (I know you're going to say where the hack is Malta but it's a small island beneath Sicily in the middle of the Mediterranean).
My question is, I have a hive and I know that the queen is old I know that she's in there but not laying much. I was thinking to replace her but couldn't find her. If I insert a queen cage with a virgin queen cell inside instead of buying a new queen and I leave it for 4 days with the cage facing down would the old queen be on the cage netting trying to kill the new queen which is yet to emerge (or already emerged in the incubator). I was thinking on hatching a queen cell in an incubator since I never managed to find the queen and to use it as bait to find the old queen.
would it be possible to tell me the correct procedure please or some information please. from inserting the queen cell in the incubator till installation please.
thanks and regard