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Colony was producing swarm cells, so I split the colony. Left swarm cells and 1 supercedrue cell in original and split up rest of resources evenly. Sent queen with new colony with bees shaken in. How long should I wait before checking queenless hive to make sure all is going well?
 

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So I understand, you found the queen and put her in her own colony with no cells, then split out the resources/cells into splits?

In the splits I'd give them 3 weeks to make sure the queen emerged, mated, and is laying. If you don't have eggs then, you probably won't have them - assuming you have good weather. Bad weather, give them another week.
 

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So I understand, you found the queen and put her in her own colony with no cells, then split out the resources/cells into splits?

In the splits I'd give them 3 weeks to make sure the queen emerged, mated, and is laying. If you don't have eggs then, you probably won't have them - assuming you have good weather. Bad weather, give them another week.
Yep original queen is in her own colony. Is there anything I should keep eye on the original queen colony? I reduced entrance to help protect them.

After 3-4 weeks if no sign of eggs should I combine colonies back together?
 

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Just make sure the numbers in each hive stay up. Often times the majority of the bees fly back to the original location. Since nurse bees don't fly it's important to split when the hive is quickly growing and has an abundance of nurse bees.

And you got it. Combine any failures or if they get too weak.
 

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How many splits did you make?
the queen split plus 2 or 3?

most of the time I get 4 of 5 to a laying queen one may not hatch or get lost or get eaten etc.
then 3 of the 4 are ok to good and one of the 4 is a poor queen.

the duds and queen less I add back to the 3 good queens in what ever manner I "need" usually I try to equalize.
so for example 6 frames back to the 3 good queens would be 2 frames each.

hence as well i normally make more splits than I need and then cull, review and re combine some of the frames.
Say if you wanted 3 more Hives I would make 5 splits and keep the best 3, add the others back, destroy the poor queen if you wish to not use her.

not every one works, but you know that up front and can plan accordingly.

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I was at the end of OAV treatment cycle on my colonies should I continue with the last treatment on split colonies?
 

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the oav works better on brood less, so yes.
If mine I would not treat till the Q cells are closed , then treat one time while closed. then as soon as you see eggs and larvae treat again. the mites go into brood at the 6-7 day point just before capping, so when there are eggs and small larvae all the mites are out of brood great time for a oav.
adjust the dose to the hive size and continue, IMO

others may have different ideas.

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Just make sure the numbers in each hive stay up. Often times the majority of the bees fly back to the original location. Since nurse bees don't fly it's important to split when the hive is quickly growing and has an abundance of nurse bees.

And you got it. Combine any failures or if they get too weak.
What should I do if half of split with the queen becomes weak and the other half without the queen is doing what it supposed to being doing making a new queen?
 

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You can just swap the hive locations.

If any become too weak, knock down cells and recombine.
 

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You can just swap the hive locations.

If any become too weak, knock down cells and recombine.
Visually monitoring the split I did. Half with original queen not active outside the hive but appear to be very active in the hive taking alot of sugar syrup. Hive without queen very active inside and out. Normal behavior? Thanks!!!!
 

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Sounds like the one with the queen got all the nurse bees. As long as you have a good amount of bees in both you should be good
 

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Sounds like the one with the queen got all the nurse bees. As long as you have a good amount of bees in both you should be good
Peeked into split yesterday half with the queen is down to about 3 frames of bees. Only been 6 days should I be patient and give them more time to grow or start thinking it's to weak of a split? Thanks again for help!
 
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