Hi Dee, thanks so much for this excellent and clear description. I'd just like to clarify a few points so I get it right when the time comes:
How important is this measurement? ie. can I get away with more or less. AND later on you say that the parent box is on a new site - are you implying that I have taken the parent box to another apiary or am I reading too much into it?!!
With the parent colony moved 3mt away I am expecting all flying/foraging bees to return to the new box in their old site. Is that correct? So, the new box (artificial swarm) will have only foraging bees?
I take it that I have already supered up for the flow before I make this split. So, in theory I have my Flow Super sitting on top of the artificial swarm - correct?
Finally: Where I am in Christchurch, NZ, we use double FD brood boxes, do you think I should be shifting both of them 3mt away and only taking one frame with open brood to the new box? I expect YES because I want the artificial swarm to be small (in one box) because there is only one frame of brood... but... ?...
Thanks again, especially for your patience! Paul