Re: Just did 1st split ever! 50/50. Nervous.
Total nonsense... regardless of what happens it doesn't make you anything but some like to label.
Originally Posted by NewbeeInNH
If you are reading all the posts you already know that I lost one split. It happens. There have been other resent posts that discuss putting a caged queen on the top of the frames and observing aggressive behavior in the queen right hive. You say you have one coming so you could try that.
As far as splits go I have done both, left the hive in the original position and move both halves to a new position. It has been my limited experience that the one with the queen will get most of the flying bees no matter what you do. The nurse bees and young bees will stay with the brood and hive they are put in. The brood will hatch and stay with that hive. For this reason if I could actually find the queen I would take all the brood and put it in with the queenless half. If you are trying to expand hives and don't care about honey you can wait a week or two and do the same thing again.
Good luck on your split. Worrying is something best left for those that like gray hair. It accomplishes nothing.
That is what I try to tell myself.
Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping