Re: Want to notch 2 deep boxes and make nucs, but canít find the queen
Megan, Assuming you have a double deep 8 frame and are having trouble locating the queen, one solution is to go ahead and divide the colony into 3 nucs. Make sure each nuc has the resources necessary to requeen themselves. Come back it 3 days. The nuc that has eggs also has the queen and the other two should have started queen cells. At that point you can spend a little more time looking as now you only have five frames on which to find her. Dividing a pissy hive is also a good way to make them more managable, at least for a while.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.