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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Tuckasegee, NC
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    59

    Default Order of march question (split/move/queen cell)

    I am having a friend beekeeper take care of my splits while I am away for three weeks. I need to split before I go and have queen cells that will be ready. My questions is do I:

    1. split

    2. put the cells

    3. transport (1 hour drive)

    OR

    1. Split

    2. Place cell allow to hatch

    3. transport before mating flights

    OR

    1. Split

    2. Transport

    3. Place cells at new location upon arrival .

    I don't want to make too many trips and i want my new queens to mate in this new place.

    Thanks
    Devlin
    Devlin Wilde
    Zone 7a 2600 ft in WNC

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Wausau, WI, USA
    Posts
    212

    Default Re: Order of march question (split/move/queen cell)

    Option 3; split, transport, cell.

    Reduces drifting, and reduces the possibility of damaging the queen cell.

    I'd give them overnight, or at least several hours of being queenless before installing the cells. After transport allows the bees to settle down and start orientation flights in the new location. Calm hives have better acceptance rates.

    This is how we do all our splits.

    Wisnewbee
    Honey Luv Farm

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