Yep own made , quite simple really . Result is an automatic snelgrove ie no faffing about with fiddly bits nor frequent hive visits .VM,
Thanks for the pics, did you make the board yourself?
Yes i think that you are right, its going to need hands on to understand fully.
i am just trying to get an idea of as many methods as i can before i need them
Good scheme IF you have enough spare equipment - unite them later and you might get a cropThere are plenty of beekeepers who can't find the queen when they need to. And even the most eagle-eyed beekeeper fails sometimes.
One damage limitation technique I use is to make 2 or 3 equal splits, each with an unsealed queen cell. By the next inspection the worst that can have happened is the loss of the old queen is a small swarm. But with luck they might have given up the idea and you'll also know where the old queen is by the presence of eggs and young larvae.
The fabled Mr.Bush suggests leaving the old queen with the flying bees and some nurse bees in the original hive and removing every frame of brood with a QC on it in to a separate nuc box....then just leave them to get on with it.
That's about as straightforward as it gets.
Any comments?..........he asks as Devil's advocate!