Re: Gamble on early split
Beechgrove Bee, welcome to the posting side of Beesource. Not sure how your plan of simply placing a qe between the boxes is going to generate queen cells. You will need to somehow block the queen pheromones in the upper box to get cells started, look up the use of a Cloake board. The qe will help you determine which of the two boxes she is in as there will be no eggs in the ql box after three days. If you are just wanting to make 1 split, set one of the boxes on a new bottom board. Make sure there are frames of eggs and young larvae in both boxes and you are done. Check back in a few days to see which box has made qc's and then you will know which hive is still qr. If you want more splits, once you have qc's, you can put a frame with a capped qc and a few frames of bees into a nuc. The bees can come from either or both of the hives. Hope this helps.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.