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First year Beek here. I started two foundationless hives hives from 5 frame foundation Nuc's, with the intension to pull the foundation frames at some point and replace them with foundationless frames.

So my thought is to pull these frames with foundation and do two walk away splits right back into the same jester nuc boxes they came in at the end of July, early August. Thoughts about this?

My process would go like this. Pull the frames from the bottom deep, replace them with frames from the same placement in the second deep, replace the second deep empty slots with new foundationless frames. Put the frames in the nuc boxes and do something with the Nuc's. The something is another thing I need to work out. Would they need to stay in the current bee yard or could I move them? Might I buy two queens and try to requeen at the same time?

As always, all comments welcome
 

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So my thought is to pull these frames with foundation and do two walk away splits right back into the same jester nuc boxes they came in at the end of July, early August. Thoughts about this?
Each location is different. But it is too late in the year for walk away splits. In all reality, it is getting too late for splits in general here.

Typically, our bees stop drawing new comb about now. Sometimes if we have a good fall flow they will pull new comb.

Consider talking with some local beeks who like to split. A lot of beeks make summer splits, most really don't. Wish we could have made more summer splits here.

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We can get away with it here up to the 1st of October if we have a fall flow. We usually don't see a freeze until close to Thanksgiving and a killing frost about 14 Nov.
 

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I guess my real concern is around first year hives and knowing if they are strong enough. Both have completely full bottom deeps, 1 has a partially (1/2) full second deep, while the other has a medium super over 8 frames full on the second deep.
 
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