So my adventure with splits / grafting started 2 days ago.
I converted one of my 4 frame nucs to become a “breeder” colony.
In this i added in 1 half frame of honey half frame capped brood. 1 frame of nectar. 1 frame of of brood with open brood / young larvae and 1 frame of bee bread.
I shook in an extra couple of frames of bees from open brood from 2 different colonies to pack it out with nurse bees. i also added 800ml sugar syrup to really get them going (they didnt touch much of it)
So today i removed the open brood frame as i wanted to get all the royal jelly to do wet grafts into the queen cups. geeze they had made some queens in 2 days. so plenty of royal jelly.
i ended up grafting 10 cups. i guess soon we will see how well i did. hopefully i can get atleast 4 queens out if it because thats what i have room for. if i get more than that i will have spares.
They were very angry the first day. copped 1 sting before i thought better get my gloves. im.guessing the wet weather and wind and now cold we have just had they knew was coming but then again i didnt want to have to wait weeks and for it to be too late with when i need everything done by.
So now the grafts are in. 10 days time i will open it up. leave 1 queen cell in that hive and make a solid nuc from it. and i have 3 mating nucs to try out. i used the Chinese grafting tool. i think at the start i was trying to scoop the larvae too much when you didnt need to. the royal jelly and larvae sort of just stick to it.
Anyways that has been my adventures for the last 2 days. plenty of drones. and some of my hives have frames just half drone comb now.