Re: Today in the Apiary
One should always have at least one extra super per hive ready to go. You do not want to be sitting on the sidelines while everyone else's bees are having a record breaking year.
On 8/19/19 I made up my last walkaway split. On 8/25 I had two capped cells and several almost capped ones. I removed one capped to a queenless nuc and decided to wait to remove the others. Sunday, 9/1 I removed four capped cells and found two that were already open. Oops. Probably should have done this on Sat. Set one cell in a Q- nuc and put the other three in the incubator. Well, two actually. One emerged while the roller cages were still sitting on the kitchen counter. The remaining queens emerged overnight. Today, one queen went into another Q- nuc and two went into a queen castle. The cell that went into the first nuc had fallen out of the comb and was destroyed, but the cell placed the day before in a different nuc had emerged successfully. Several of my hives still have an ample supply of drones, one I know has a bunch of capped drone cells even. Mating should not be an issue, but predation still is. Back on 8/13 I installed two virgins into nucs, only one made it back.
Last edited by JWPalmer; 09-02-2019 at 08:48 PM.
Reason: Correct the split start date
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.