Split or stay?
My son checked our hive yesterday and this is what he found. Should we split the hive or stay?
To answer this question we will need some more background information.
We need to try to understand if they are replacing a queen that died or failed (supercedure) or if they're trying to swarm.
Can you please confirm the following information?
- Have you seen the current queen in any other frame or signs of queen presence as newly laid eggs in some frames?
- How big is this hive? (how many frames are covered with bees)
- how many of those frames are of brood in different stages (egg, larvae, capped)?
For split or replacement queens to mate successfully, you will need drones present in the area to form a DCA (drone congregation area).
Depending on your location, it could be too early for having drones in matting conditions to fertilize a virgin queen. You can check this and other hives (if you have any) for presence of drones.