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 3/4" x 1-1/2 strips and make a square the same size as your box is wide. Cut up a 2x4 to get the wood if you need to. Cut a 3/8" x 5/8" groove in the top board for an entrance. Cover it on the outside with #8 hardware cloth or even window screen will work. Nail or screw the frame to the nuc so the new entrance is as far from the original entrance as possible.
Kinda makeshift I know, but you need to get this done by tomorrow morning or kiss the queens goodbye.
Open feeding with the extracted frames is very short term. The bees will be back to robbing out your nucs within a few hours.
You are right about the bees not recognizing the robbers as intruders. They smell like the hive they just came from. That goes away in a week or so but by then it will be too late.
Last edited by JWPalmer; 09-30-2017 at 08:25 PM.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.