Hi everyone, I have read many posts and watched many youtube vids, but I just want to get the right answer for what I want to do.
I put a nuc (with queen) into my new flowhive brood box last Dec… and the hive never really got strong (I think i started too late in the season) and by end of Autumn, my hive was robbed…and all the bees and hives contents were gone. So I put frames in freezer, and tore down hive and its been wrapped in plastic ever since.
A work colleague has 6 strong hives, and has offered to give me one of his splits. He lives in Wangaratta, and I live in Shepparton - about an hours drive apart.
I have ordered a new mated queen from Bunyip Beekeeper that is due on Oct 11… I have a core flute nuc box… what is the best way to split my mates hive and set up mine ? My plan was - take a frame or two of brood, one or two of honey, shake some bees into nuc box (in Wangaratta) - and NOT take queen… drive that home (to Shepparton)…place nuc where hive will go… leave it a few days to let girls orient to area… then transfer the nuc frames into my hive… and put a few of my older frames in brood box… place queen box between two frames… close it all up…and check in a few days after that, that the queen is out and laying. If I am wrong…please tell me what I should do. Thanks so much. After my loss last season, I just want to build up a nice strong hive and make the most of springs pollen and nectar.
Thanks again !