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I did my first split on June 14, didn't see any QCs so added 2 more open brood frames on June 28.

I took a peek this morning, see 2 QC's toward the bottom.

Problem: not too many bees stayed with the hive - am afraid a lot of bees returned to parent hive, which is next to it.

I plan to move or reposition the entrance.

How and when should I add some more bees? Probably ASAP.

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you can shake nurse bees from one of the brood combs of the other hives. They should go to tending the brood in the nuc. because they are nurse bees they wont fly away.
 

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Do you feel that there are enough nurse bees to take care of the brood you added?
No, I don't. There were lots on there when I swapped out 2 brood combs from the 1st attempt. I thought with the emerging brood, and nurse bees it would have more bees. But this morning it looked too lightly populated. Was only in there for a quick peek, but did not walk away with a warm and fuzzy feeling.

Will go in on Saturday and shake in some nurse bees, and look to see what the QCs really look like up close.

Here's hoping.

NBL
 
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