Re: Splits 2 miles away
Different ways of doing splits with the same end results. Part of what makes beekeeping fun. I am a fan of both methods, depending on my bee resources at the time. I will be trying a fly back split for the first time this year but have done the over 2 mile thing and the stay at home split. The biggest benefit to moving the hive over 2 miles is that the bees you put in it stay there. This is really important if you are only using 2 frames of bees and an introduced queen. On a walk away split, you must shake A LOT of bees into the split and feed like crazy because all the foragers go back to the donor hive. In a fly back split you basically have all the foragers in the split with the queen and all the nurse bees in the hive at it's new location. Since the nurse bees are queenless, they are supposed to make a bunch of queen cells which you then harvest and place into nucs using the bees from the original hive. This type of split is also referred to as an artificial swarm and is supposed to relieve swarming pressure on the hive to keep the girls from going out and exploring the world.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.