Thanks for noticing! To answer the question I will actually be doing some splits tomorrow if the weather holds ok for me. With Russian queens their pharamones are totally diff than those of the italian queens i currently have in the hives, so to introduce these girls to the splits takes a little more time then normal. According to the Russian Honeybee Breeder's Association http://www.russianbreeder.org/ They say to keep her in the hive for 3 days min before removing the cork for the candy end, which should give a 5 day release. Or Just keep her in there for 5 days and do a manual release.I think the Russian queens sound tougher. I have a survivor colony that is darker in color. They say the russian bees can take the winter better. Will you split and introduce the queens at the same time? I'm asking so that I will know too. They are beautiful; remember Alaxandria?!
Yeah, they came from a powerful swarm, I dont know if that had anything to do with it or not. I should have waited more but convinced myself they had recieved her. In hindsight I knew better, maybe in another day they would have. I was just nervous because I had already had her in the cage a few days before I made the split and was able to introduce the cage. I will know better next time. It was the first time I was unsuccessful, have had success three previous times, once turned a laying worker hive. Live and Learn. Good Luck with the Russians. GSo did they do that after the 4 days ?
Thank you very much astrobee. I will try that in the future. I am doubtfull all my splits will be successfull in a returning queen. If not I will try that approach should I choose to introduce one instead of combine.I've found that acceptance percentages go up when attendants are removed. This is particularly true when requeening with different strains.