Hope everyone is avoiding the plague successfully.
Due to our utter failure to avoid swarming last spring, the paranoia is starting to kick in… Yeah, I know it’s only April.
We’re going to do a straight split into a second hive in august, which is when both our swarms left home last year.
I was told not to put the split into another hive, rather use a nuke box until they establish, because it’s too cold in sydney to put 4 frames into a brood box in august.
Is that true? Or is a brood box fine.
AND with our complete incompetence in spotting the queen, how do we know which box she is in and what’s the best way to get the now queenless hive queen right? Do we just buy a queen to skip the weeks of, is she there, has she mated, did she make it back uncertainty?