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beegraham
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 1:20 pm    Post subject: Splitting very full TopBarHive Reply with quote

My strongest colony has half completed queen cells but none yet sealed and as far as I can tell, no eggs in them. I have an empty identical hive close by and plan to split.
Should I wait till I see some sealed Q cells before splitting. There is plenty of brood and also drone cells, as well as adult drones wandering about.

It is a Cathedral TBh and over wintered well - I used Oxalic acid vapour in December against Veroa and that seems to have been quite effective.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A prime swarm leaves on or around the day that the first Q cell is capped. I'd suggest you act sooner rather than later!
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Nice sunny morning for a simple split of my Cathedral TBh. Fortunately I spotted the queen soon after opening up the hive. All went smoothly but dragging the newly formed hive into position beside the donor hive was a struggle. My blog tells more herehttp://moggo-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/bee-split-of-cathedral-top-bar-hive.html
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