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    Re: Splits failing plz help

    Do you have telescoping or migratory tops on the nucs you built? I could see a migratory top allowing enough water in to cause the bees to abscond.
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    It is not a precise thing. I would use 1/2 cup household bleach in a five gallon bucket filled with water and a little dish soap. Soak for a few minutes, flip and soak some more, then rinse wih a...
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    Re: Splits failing plz help

    Just read the rest of the posts. Do not scrape the comb! Dunk it in a bleach and water solution, rinse well, then let the bees fix it. Never scrape drawn comb unless you have to. I had a frame in a...
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    Re: Splits failing plz help

    JG, I'm sorry things didn't work out. Without knowing for sure, my first guess would be that there simply weren't enough bees in the splits to begin with and they got over run by the SHBs.

    The...
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    Re: Splits failing plz help

    Do you have a photo? I'm thinking that was awful fast to get infested and have the bees abscond.
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    Re: Splits failing plz help

    Could it be melaleuca? I think it blooms this time of year and is white.
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    Re: Splits failing plz help

    Sorry to hear that one of the queens you were waiting for got balled. We weren't discussing opening the hive, which of course should be done for inspections, rather the entrance which is currently...
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    Re: Splits failing plz help

    Clyderoad said it best, but I am a little more verbose. At a bare minimum you need to wait until you have significant forager activity. In all reality, I would guess about 5-6 weeks from now. You...
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    Re: Splits failing plz help

    JG, that is great news. You probably wont see any bees flying for several days except for those real short cleansing flights. Little hops where they come out, fly for a few inches, then land and...
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    Re: Splits failing plz help

    Something to try this spring. Thanks for the detailed post.
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    Re: Splits failing plz help

    Beepro, It appears your side bars do not taper as do the BM frames I use, or it just not clear in the picture? Is the other comb side covered in screen also? I would assume it is to keep the other...
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    Re: Splits failing plz help

    Robbers are attracted to the smell of the honey/feed. The smell emanates from the opening so that is where they go to try to get in. The screen allows the smell to come out, but blocks the direct...
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    Re: Splits failing plz help

    That has been my dilemma as well, before I was given permission to have my bees at work 30 miles away. Out of five attempts at splits in the home yard, only two were successful. One of those had a...
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    Re: Splits failing plz help

    You say you can't keep an eye on them. Once a week visitation? The larva thing depends, they could be larvae that were killed by being uncapped during the robbing and the bees are doing some...
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    Re: Splits failing plz help

    Make sure you still have at least two full frames of bees and brood and find the queen. If you are going to be moving them, shake in some foragers as well. Get the nucs setup in the evening and...
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    Re: Splits failing plz help

    Keep in mind that all beekeeping is local. Jadeguppy is in Florida. Even here in Virginia the bees are still laying strong. Splits I made three and four weeks ago are wall to wall brood. Temps are...
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    Re: Splits failing plz help

    JG, you must get robber screens on these nucs or the queens will be killed. Clyderoad had the best solution, move them somewhere at least 3 miles away. Since that is not an option for you, get some...
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