I found a a website recently that described a swarm prevention method that I’ve never heard of. Was wondering whether anyone has tried an overnight split?
It’s for those, like me, who haven’t seen their queen since you put her in.
So what you do is, do a normal split where you take 4 frames out, but shake the bees off into the hive you’re removing them from.
Then put a queen excluder on your existing hive (where you just removed the frames from and shook the bees into), and put the brood box with your shaken frames on top.
Leave it overnight, and the nurse bees will go up through the excluder, but your queen stays down and then you remove the top brood box and set it up as your new hive.
Has anyone tried that? Did it work?