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House Bee
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« on: July 16, 2012, 01:28:24 PM »

I tried to split a hive. I put bees, and drawn comb then waited a few days to introduce a new queen. That was about 1 month ago. I checked them on a regular basis. They didn't do well. I thought the nuc died out. I looked today and saw about 10 bees and the queen. I don't want to lose a $20 queen, here in Hawaii queens are hard to come by.  I plan on putting her in a homemade queen cage, then because of work, in a week get more bees and try again. I'll wait a day or two before introducing the queen. Do you think that will work? Or is this a lost cause?
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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2012, 01:39:42 PM »

As this the only bees you got do you have a other hive or 2 Huh and are you feeding Huh

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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2012, 02:00:35 PM »

Are you certain the queen is fertile (any eggs)?  You state that you put in bees and drawn comb, did you not put a couple of frames with eggs and brood in?

I would give them some brood and some food.  I would also close the entrance to one bee space to make it easier for them to defend.

Search youtube for how to make queens.  Might be easier than you think.

Good luck and have fun!
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