I know this has been asked a few times, a variation by me, but I wanted to ask it fresh and try to get a perspective unique to my exact situation.
I'm going out of town soon, and while my wife is great at taking care of the chickens, she won't touch the bees with a 10-foot pole wearing full gear.
That being said, my one hive (two deeps with a super on they just started drawing) is going gangbusters currently, and I was thinking about doing a walk away split before I left since the time I'm gone will be less paranoia time for me worrying if all is going well. But, that also means I won't be there if I need to be for whatever reason ..... but from what I've gathered there really is no reason for a few weeks anyway?
Here's the plan:
Take 2 frames of capped brood, larvae and young eggs (I understand this last one is essential) and place in a nuc box with two frames of stores and a partially drawn and empty frame.
Reduce entrance and call it a day (the box has plenty of ventilation with a screened hole on the bottom and two small screened holes in the back)
Check back in 3-4 weeks and see what's going on.
Is it that simple? Would it be damaging to the bees in the nuc if when I check there isn't a queen? Could I then just purchase one? Or will they leave after weeks without a queen or just dwindle in size at that point no matter what I do?
Thanks in advance for anyone who takes the time to read and reply!