Hi everyone! I just made my first split from my overwintered colony. The population was hefty with workers and drones, strong brood pattern, all stages of open and capped brood (worker and drone), nectar and pollen present, and a queen cup with a chonky larva inside to which the bees were tending.
I took a frame of brood with the current queen and put her in a new box, along with 2 1/2 other frames of brood, a frame of pollen/nectar, and 2 frames of honey. I put a bundle of grass at the entrance to allow the queen’s pheromone to build up inside the new hive. In the old hive, I left the queen larva, 3 frames of brood, nectar/pollen, and 2 frames of honey.
Now for the question! How long should I wait to do an inspection? I don’t want to disturb them so they can all settle in, but I want to make sure that the new queen hatches (my guess would be at LEAST 10 days from now as the queen cup was not capped), and that the old queen in the new hive is doing okay in there.
This is my first split, and I’m going into my third year of beekeeping. I’m excited, nervous, and hopeful that this will work Thank you!