I am a new keeper with 1 hive started last summer. It still appears to be a very strong hive.
I planned to do a side by side split ( no room for taking them elsewhere) of the hive today and use 2 new queens.
Never done this before.
So the new queens just arrived today. 1 queen and 3 assistants in each little wooden box.
BUT the weather has turned very cold here…45 deg F right now and and low 30’s for the next week!
What do I do?!
This afternoon is supp to make it up to 59 deg but downhill from there for a while.
Do I run out then and make the split? (I have to find and remove the current queen which could take some time for me maybe). run out tomorrow and put in the queen cages no matter the temp? I read I can’t leave them queenless for too long and also can’t keep the new queens in their shipped cages too long.
If I do this, will the splits and caged queens survive the cold weather?
If I wait until better weather it will be at least a week or more. Should I somehow try to keep the queens alive in their little cages somewhere that long and do it later if\when it warms up?