If a queen is removed from a productive hive, is it more probable that a laying worker will take over than that they will make a new queen? also, how long after a mated queen is released from her cage does she normally start laying?
I split 4 heavy hives with Double screen with the old queen in bottom.The cells were ready to hatch.I got back in 17 days and each hive had 1 3/4 deep super of capt brood,and another of yong brood.We only had 4 days of mating weather.I would guess also,its part of genetic.I've got 7 hives here out foraging at 8 above.No great numbers,but goig,in between the rains.
wow, i did mine with only 4 frames of brood/pollen/honey. do you think there is a critical mass required for the split to work? in other words, do you think you could make a split with one frame of brood, as long as weather is warm and no need for bees to keep larvae warm?
Well Sarah, it's also important to look at it from the stand point of how much space are you giving them to keep warm/humid??? If you put this in a 4 frame nuc or smaller, then your chances are greater for success. I recently built what I was aiming for to be a 5 frame nuc, but when it was done it's a 6 frame. Better than a 10 frame box I guess.
<do you think you could make a split with one frame of brood, as long as weather is warm and no need for bees to keep larvae warm?>
If you don't have enough to keep the larvae warm, You can't increase the numbers in the split. Less than critical mass. Guessing an answer to your questions; depending on temperature, breed, foraging, etc. two medium frames with accompanying bees. One brood and one food. This answer is just to give you a place to start thinking. Really general.
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