Ok guys in the upstate NY area:
I have this weekend coming off work. The following weekend im going away for a week then im back weekend of may 6th.
Soooo...was thinking of making a nuc split of each of the 3-4 largest colonies i have to try and avoid a swarm while im away.
I did listen Enj. and i have 3 snellgrove boards that arrived yesterday from Mannlake but im not going to be here for a week to do the manipulations correctly on the right days . I will def use these though when i get back!
I have 5 baited swarm traps out at various heights from ground level to 15feet up a tree . They are all 5 frame nucs with old brood comb and sprayed with swarm commander.
Its going to be mid 60s where im at on Sunday. I was planning on pulling from the large hives, two frames of eggs/brood/bees plus a frame of honey/pollen and a frame feeder ( wide) into nuc boxes as splits and let them raise queen cells. If when i get back from vacation there are drones all good..if not i will purchase mated queens for the new nucs.
thanks in advance