When we checked Maylyn on June 19th, we discovered that they had supersedure and swarm cells. This was concerning because either the queen died or they were planning on swarming.
Here I am opening up my hive.
This super frame was in Maylyn. The long peanut shaped cells on this frame are supersedure cells. These cells were built on one of the super frames.
There were ten supersedure and swarm cells on the super frame. The swarm cells are on the bottom of the frame and the supersedure cells are on the side of the frame.
This frame has a lot of honey stored in it with brood to the side.
Here Bethany is looking at one of the frames. In order to determine whether or not the bees were planning on swarming we had to find the queen.
This frame is and excellent example of a good brood. pattern. This queen was a very productive queen. If we found her we would definitely try to save her.
This frame had eggs and young larvae in the middle of the frame. This means that the queen was most likely still in the hive.
There are at least thirteen supersedure cells on this side of the deep frame.
As we continued to search for the queen, we found many excellent brood frames. If we were to split the hive, we would need plenty of brood frames for both Maylyn and the new split.
There were just a couple swarm cells on this frame. All of the capped swarm cells are at least nine days old possibly older.
We did find the queen which means that the bees were planning on swarming. We decided to split the hive.
We split the hive by taking the frame the queen was on and putting it into a nuc. A nuc is a five frame deep box. We made nuc boxes a couple months back. Along with the queen and the frame she is on, two resource (honey or nectar) frames and two brood frames should be put in the nuc. This is a total of three brood frames and two resource frames.
Here is what the box full of bees looked like.
Here is an excellent resource frame. This frame is full of nectar. We put this frame in the nuc.
Mom is evaluating this frame to see if it is a good brood frame or resource frame.
This is a good brood frame.
Here I am taking one of the last frames out of Maylyn to make sure that we were not missing anything in our hive check of Maylyn.
Here I am taking a brood frame over to the nuc.
This is a good resource frame because it has lots of nectar and empty spaces for the bees to build out.
The bees in Maylyn had some capped honey in the deeps. This is good because we know they will have plenty of honey come winter.
This is a nectar frame we placed in the nuc.
This is an excellent brood frame and would be perfect to put in the nuc.
Her is the nuc with only three frames in it. The middle frame is a brood frame and the outside frames are resource frames.
Here is a closer up picture of the frames.
Here are some bees on the inside of one of the Maylyn boxes.
Here I am shaking some nurse bees into the nuc. The bees on the frames only are not enough to take care of all of the brood in the nuc.
Here are the bees quickly getting used to their new, smaller home.
It is easy to see the bee’s hair in this picture. The older the bee is the less hair it has.
A few of the bees ended up on the outside of the nuc.
Because we shake the bees into the nuc, a lot of them flew back to Maylyn.
We used a weed to make the bees realize that they were in a new home. The bees will realize they are in a new location and they will re-orientate to the nuc.
After this split we went from three to four hives.