Re: "Run away" split of top bar hive
Mean bees are mean bees...I give a couple of chances, then re queen with gentle stock. If you want, you could order two queens and make your split using one of your store bought queens. After they go through a couple of brood cycles, go and harvest your honey. The hard part of this suggestion is finding the old queen whole being attacked by mean bees. Try to re queen on a warm day with light wind, early afternoon, during a flow. That way a lot of the old foragers will be out of the hive. Not sure when your flow starts in CA. Oh yeah..use smoke
16 y, 30 hives ULBN, treat when needed.