This hive has really built up this spring. When I opened it I saw right away that I must make a split, and maybe I should have made 2, there were bees on top of bees.
So, I made a walk away split with the queen cells, you saw in the pic in the new hive and gave them a deep super. My thinking is to change the deep to the bottom once they have settled. Am I on the right track?
I could have made another split, but there was a storm comming in and the bees got very testy.
Early this morning I took a quick peek, a few bees from the original were out and about, the split has about a dozen dead bees on the entrance and no activity, so I made a small rap on the box, and got the results I was looking for, lots of bees buzzed back at me.
This afternoon about 4:30 I walked out to take another look, the dead bees were gone from the split entrance but not much activity.
The original hive is buzzzing with lots of bees cleaning and comming and going. Like nothing ever happened. I was about 15 feet from the hives and one greeted me with a very smart sting to my cheek, and one followed me to land in my hair. So I left them to do what they do.
I use a queen excluder between the brood and the honey supers and I normaly use shallows for honey, because the deeps are to heavy, extract by crush and strain and make some chunk honey. At this point I am not sure that I know what the correct questions would be, so any ideas or advice would be most welcomed. One question I do have is, since there was more than one queen cell, is there an manipulation that I should do, or leave then to their on ideas?