I have a very simple goal: make one hive into two hives. Sounds simple? but I know there are a few options.I have found that placing the hives (split and main hive) side by side (almost touching it not actually touching) many bees will go to either hive ... and not necessarily return to the main hive.
What are attempting to do? A walkaway split? Which hive do you want to raise a new queen? A split with a new queen in the split?
Depending upon what you're doing is how you (I) split....
Why not try this? From the old hive, take the frame the queen is on (of course taking her along with it), take a frame of brood and a frame of honey or honey and pollen mix. Shake some nurse bees in the new nuc and add some drawn comb (if you have it) if not ....foundation and place it right beside the the main hive. The main hive will know it's queenless and start to raise a new queen (make sure you have left a frame with eggs in the old hive). Now, no matter what hive the field bees return to, they'll be accepted.I have a very simple goal: make one hive into two hives.
My plan is to move a few frames( if I can identify ones with new eggs) to new hive and start as a nuc, and hope for the best.