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    Default Re: How chancy is a walk away split w/queen? (thinking about next spring)

    I should point out that while a walk away split in a flow has a high rate of success, in a dearth it has a very LOW success rate.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: How chancy is a walk away split w/queen? (thinking about next spring)

    Yeah hilreal, I haven't gotten the hang of mite control yet. Being an organic type person, I get stuck on the chemicals part. I tried drone frames last summer but I don't think I caught the hatch at just the right time and probably made the problem worse. I'd like to try interrupting the brood cycle, next summer. Maybe even by making splits.

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    Default Re: How chancy is a walk away split w/queen? (thinking about next spring)

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    I should point out that while a walk away split in a flow has a high rate of success, in a dearth it has a very LOW success rate.
    Even if you continually feed?

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    Default Re: How chancy is a walk away split w/queen? (thinking about next spring)

    >Even if you continually feed?

    That helps. But the odds are still lower. There are also less drones available in a dearth as some get evicted.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: How chancy is a walk away split w/queen? (thinking about next spring)

    That brings up another question. Would it be a good idea to put syrup and maybe pollen patties on split hives to help them build up, like you would do with a new package?

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    Default Re: How chancy is a walk away split w/queen? (thinking about next spring)

    I never put pollen substitute on anything and I never feed real pollen to a package. There is real pollen available. It's a waste and it only feeds the SHB. I don't feed syrup to a package unless the early blooms haven't happened yet. Once there is a supply of nectar coming in it's just a waste and plugs the brood nest when they need to be rearing brood.

    But if it's a dearth, you may need to. Of course it's a tradeoff. Feeding tends to set off robbing.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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