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Good morning just wanted to share my excitement with everyone. The hive I started from pkg this year is doing so well I made my first split on July 9th. I had the help of a veteran bee keeper, we took 3 frames 2 with brood and 1 with stores put them in place in the new hive with a queen still in her cage. He raised this queen she is not mated as of yet. He suggested leave her in the cage for a few days let them get used to her before release. Its a gamble at this point being the new hive is near the parent hive. I originally put it in place for its own pkg but that didn't work out and on last inspection the 1 hive i have going is doing so well he suggested we give it a try. I am hopeful they will like there new home and soon will finally have two hives going. Oh also on same day replaced all three frames i took out of parent hive with foundation-less frames. I can't wait to take a look and see what the girls do.
 

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Congratulations! From this point on, they will begin to slowly take over your life now that you know how to make increases in the bee yard. As far as being close to the parent hive, they will be just fine as long as they have enough food stores and nurse bees along with emerging brood.
 

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I am working on my 1st split right now, I have a Russian hive that started as a package this spring that is doing great so i took 3 frames from it, 1 with fresh eggs, 1 with some stores. 1 with a bunch of larva and nurse bees, I put it in a nuc box right next to the original hive, I have 6 Queen cells that should hatch this Saturday or Sunday. Here is a few pics of the cells photo-157.jpg photo-158.jpg
 

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Congratulations! From this point on, they will begin to slowly take over your life now that you know how to make increases in the bee yard. As far as being close to the parent hive, they will be just fine as long as they have enough food stores and nurse bees along with emerging brood.
SO TRUE... I am amazed by the girls. Thank you for the reassurance.
 

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Nice they look good. Did you have any drift where the bees went back to the parent hive? I think i had all nurse bee's on the frames when i moved them. What we did was hold them out a bit from the hive and the ones that where field bees flew back to hive and those that stayed went with the frame into the new hive. Good luck with the queen's
 

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I don't think I had much drift the numbers seemed to stay the same, I can't wait to see what happens when the queens start hatching, we found 3 that emerged in another hive at the same time, and made 2 splits from them. I am hoping to catch more than 1 out of the 6 I have now since I have 3 empty nuc boxes ready to go.
 
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