Re: Just did 1st split ever! 50/50. Nervous.
A good way to become a proficient beekeeper is to study to learn the manipulations, and then wade in and do! If mistakes are made, no big deal. If you kill them all, you have only killed a bunch of bugs! An expensive bunch to be sure but it is not the end of the world, and you will be able to try again and do better the next time.
The first time I tried to re-queen a colony I killed the prettiest Italian queen I have ever seen. She was very large and a lemon yellow color, I have never seen another that color. I put her into the colony, and they had a little, black, runt of a virgin. I knew nothing of looking for aggression, so I just removed the cork in the candy end of the cage. Naturally the bees killed the new queen as soon as they could reach her. After that I made it a point to read Gleanings and American Bee Culture, and to study the articles on queen introduction. I lost a few more before I got the hang of it, but I eventually learned the techniques.
Good beekeepers are usually stubborn enough that they become determined not to let a few failures make them into quitters.
40 years - 25 colonies, 32 Nucs - IPM disciple - Naturally Skeptic