Hatched Queen

Hatched queen cell

To help prevent swarming and increase my number of hives, I split a hive three ways.  I wasn’t impressed with the queen so I wanted raise a queen from a strong performing hive.  I took a frame of eggs from the good hive and placed it into a queenless nuc. The nuc created at least 12 queen cells. Once they were capped, I cut several queen cells out of the frame and placed them into the splits. This was not as easy as it appears. I had to cut into many brood cells around the queen cells. It proved a challenge  to try and separate the cells without damaging them.   I took the cells and used tooth picks to attach the queen cells to a frame.  These cells have recently hatched and I hope to see a laying queen soon.