From 11 colonies to 26 in one week via OTS queen rearing

It has been a busy week here in the Cleveland, Ohio area! This past week, from 11 overwintered colonies we created and sold 9 nucs, notched larvae in each colony, and then created 26 total nucs/splits one week later.

Some keys (not comprehensive) to this being effective: 

  1. Notching one week before swarm season and not before
  2. Letting full-strength colonies then raise the cells for one week before creating splits (vital!) 
  3. Culling cells created in each split down to one or two max
  4. Giving each split enough resources