A bit off-topic.So 18 hours later here are two shots of the hives. The parent colony continues to have typical activity with foragers coming and going. The split has absolutely no entrance activity, therefore, no foraging at all. As I mentioned I did put the robber screens on the split hive but am wondering if I should remove them or should I just calm down and give them time to adjust to the new hive?
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Should work better.GregV - thanks for the reminder on the robber screen size. I don't know why I put those on their as Little John had made the same comment when I was building them. What do you think about this one shown next to it?
I always thought the higher screen would make it a challenge for them to haul out dead bees and other debris, but I guess they can figure that out too.
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Not necessarily, if you provided a frame with freshly laid eggs, the bees have up to four days to select a newly hatched larvae and then make the queen cell. That said, on day six you should have seen the start of any queen cells that would later be getting capped by the ninth day after the split. If the cell is not capped when you inspect on the 2nd, it never will be.If this was a queen cell should it not have been capped on 6/26 since I did the split on 6/20?