Re: Sustainability in a small yard
The lowest impact method of making a split I see, I am calling a stretch split. It is based on MB's observations and turns MP's double nucs on it's side. Ray Marler and I'm sure others have prior experience with it.
Originally Posted by drlonzo
Rather than physically separating the split brood is placed above and below an excluder in the same stack. There is no drifting and limited impact on the organization of the hive. From what I have seen so far,(not nearly as many trys as I would like) fewer, better QCs are started than true emergency cells. Closer to superceder cells. Adding a super with empty drawn combs as an additional spacer will get cells started if the bees are slow to start them. The main point is the work force remains relatively intact
Think of it as MP's double nucs in a vertical set up. Very different in that you cannot leave them stacked vertically after the 2nd queen gets going. That is the time to replace the excluder with a bottom board and separate them.
4 yrs, Peak 14, back to zip, T lite; godfather to brother's 3.