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Rabbitdog
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« on: April 26, 2005, 03:31:04 PM »

I have a colony that is absolutely going like gangbusters.  They have already filled 2 supers (but not capped) and I put a 3rd on yesterday.  It is packed with bees.  I noticed one queen cell on each of two frames.  Assuming that the bees wanted to swarm and they needed more brood space, I took both frames with queen cells (capped brood, larvae, and bees) and another frame of brood/bees and a pollen frame, then put them in a new hive.  The new hive has a medium super with 3 frames of honey and the remainder in comb.
Is there any problem with letting the queens hatch, duke it out, mate and start a new colony?  Later, I would then like to join this colony with another weaker one so that it gets a new young queen.  I think I've read about this type of splitting but not sure I'm doing it by the letter of the law.
Any thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2005, 04:34:36 PM »

It may work but it is chancy, they may not beable to produce enough heat to keep the brood alive. The best thing to do would be trying to get a new queen ordered, bye Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2005, 05:08:12 PM »

I just did the same, but I am going to order queens - superseded queens can be duds or never come back to the hive, so i have ordered new queens so that they can get back up to spped quickly.   Once I see how well it is going,  I will combine them with another colony and make a colony for my observation hive.
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