alpha i'm re queening almost all my hives with cells in the supers again, starting the end of the week. I do it when our summer flow starts and i seem to have good luck. makes for nice fall and winter hives. Nick
Some of us make a divide over the hive using a split board. The split board is removed after the virgin queen is mated and the bees have develped a brood nest.
I've tried this many times and never had it work unless I have trashed the hives first(made multiple nucs out of the hives so the remaining bees thing the queen is failing) would be nice if it did work but every time I try it on a "normal" hive they chew out the queen cell. and I can tell as most all of my queens are marked and still there after.I will also be doing some requeening towards the end of July (usual time) using queen cells in the honey supers. I have heard this is an effective way to requeen and thought I would give it a try. My mentor says they used to use this method all the time with great success on a large scale.
have you tried cell protectors?
no cell protectors, I went back to a discussion on bee-l week 5 nov 2008, http://community.lsoft.com/scripts/wa-LSOFTDONATIONS.exe?A2=ind0811E&L=BEE-L&F=&S=&P=2243
, and it would seem the people that do get it to work do use the cell protectors, maybe I'll try it again with them but right now I have toooo many queens in nucs to put in hives and no cells coming. thanks
bee culture has an article this month on this, the author doesn't say how to do it but says its available on
www.mdasplitter.com , I've gone there but unable to find exactly where the info is, anyone find it?