METHODS FOR SPLITTING

USING

SWARM CELL AND SUPERSEDURE QUEEN CELLS.

  Things that can go wrong.

 The queen cell not hatching.

The queen not properly mating.

The queen not returning, during the mating flight.

 You can have from 1 to 20 plus queen cells in your colony, these have been prepared, well fed with royal jelly, by the bees and should produce some of the best, high quality queen cells that you can be used for starting new colonies. Each cell when capped can be used to start a new colony or nucleus.

 THE PROCEDURE I USE.

1.     You have a capped swarm/ supersedure cell located on a frame. Remove the frame carefully making sure not to damage the cell, and place the frame into the Beenuc box.

 MAKE SURE THE LIVING QUEEN IS NOT ON THE FRAME.

 2.     Remove one additional solid capped brood frame with young house bees. The capped brood is needed to keep the colony well populated, as the bees that hatch are more likely to stay with the new colony and not return to the host colony. If the sealed brood frame did not contain a large number of house bees, more can be shaken off other frames into the beenuc box to increase numbers.

 AGAIN MAKE SURE THE LIVING QUEEN IS NOT ON ANY SHAKEN FRAMES.

 

3.     You now have…….1 Frame with queen cell.

                                  1 Frame with sealed brood.

 Now add………………..1 Frame of uncapped brood

                                  1 Frame of capped honey as stores.

                                  1 Frame of drawn comb.

 4.     You now have a beenuc with frames in the following positions.

beenuc 5 frame nuc

THIS COLONY SET UP 21st JUNE, TRANSFERED INTO NATIONAL BROOD BOX 2nd AUGUST, NOW FULL COLONY.

In the centre   Frame with queen cell.

Next to it         Frame with sealed brood.

Other side       Frame with un-capped brood.

Outside           Frame with capped honey/stores.

Outside           Frames with drawn comb.

 5.     Make sure you have ample amount of house bees, I would now place a beenuc 5.6 litre feeder on top with a crown board on top of that, then the roof/lid. CLOSE THE FRONT SLIDE ENTRANCE.

 

BEENUC WITH 5.6 LITRE FEEDER, ON TOP OF THE  HOST HIVE. ROOF OF BEENUC UNDER FEEDER.

feeder

 

6.     The front will stay closed for two to three days, and as no foraging is taking place you must feed the beenuc colony, with a 1 to 1 mixture of sugar syrup. I mix 1 kilo sugar to 1 litre water.

 7.     After two to three days REVERSE the entrance slide to give REDUCED ENTRANCE, this will help to reduce robbing.

8.     Place some branches or grass in front of the entrance so that the bees must re-orientate themselves with the position of the beenuc.

 9.     Check for queen laying in about 14 to 20 days. Keep feeder topped up with sugar syrup to help the colony.

 

 

NOTE.

 

It takes Virgin Queen 16 days to emerge after the egg is place in the queen cell, 7 days after emerging to take the first of several mating flights and then 3 to 4 days to start laying after successfully mating.

 

This means you must wait 10 to 15 days from when the queen emerges from the queen cell to the time she begins laying.

During this period close attention should be paid to the colony to make sure there are ample bees and that the queen has started laying eggs.

beenuc feeder

BEE NUC FEEDER IN POSITION, THE CROWN BOARD FITS ON THE TOP OF THE FEEDER, 2.3 LITRES IN EACH SIDE OF SUGAR SYRUP.