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thought today would be a good day to do a split since my hive actually swarmed last year on april 17. my intention was to split the queen into a nuc and do a split with a swarm cell. starting pulling frames from each box, saw eggs but no swarm cells and no queen, so i decided to just do a split with some eggs. i had already put 2 frames in the nuc with lots of capped brood and lots of nurse bees. i already had 2 frames with pollen and honey and a little empty comb in there. i picked up a frame of eggs and when i removed the cover on the nuc to put it in a saw a cluster of bees under the cover and there she was- the queen. so, put the frame of eggs back in the original hive and gave them a foundationless frame. but i decided to take that out and give them another frame of honey i had in the freezer. my question is, how long before the nurse bees start to forage. will they start earlier since there are no longer any foragers? thanks
 
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