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appshed
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Location: USA, Mts near Boone NC

PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 6:39 pm    Post subject: Failed experiment? Reply with quote

Oh dear, think I screwed up. Rolling Eyes
Finally got into the hives to do a spring inspection, both colonies looking great despite a horrible winter/spring. One colony was at hive capacity and there were some capped Drone cells. No sign of queen cells.
I took two bars with brood & eggs, and two of stores and placed them in a new hive hoping they would create a new queen. This was 4 days ago. I saw a handful of new bees doing orientation flights a few days back. Today I observed what appears to be robbing. I closed up the only open hole with some weeds leaving just a sliver of an opening.
Is there any hope for this experiment? Any last ditch moves to take? :
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catchercradle
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the hive being robbed, narrow the entrance down so only a very few bees can get in and out at once. There shouldn't be many going in or out to start with as the flying bees will have gone back home to the old hive.
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Creating a split like that makes a small colony that is vulnerable to predation and robbing. You can help by feeding internally and closing the entrance completely for up to 3 days, then giving them a small entrance.

I prefer to make up nucs with swarm queen cells, as they are already on their way to having a new queen and this may give them a better chance than having to make an emergency queen in a hurry with low resources.
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appshed
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Phil. Have closed up the hive and given them some food on the other side of the follower. The robbers are still trying to get in but can't find a way. I hope they give up . Will report back in three days.
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