After spending two weeks acclimating to being a separate colony, our two splits have been returned to the Apiary. For simplicity and convenience, we have designated them hive 5 and 6. Hive 5 is the stronger of the two, but both are doing well and should be ready to over winter come fall.
The bees from the cut out have been designated hive 4. The queen was damaged and did not survive the transfer into the hive. They have been allowed to create supersedure cells which hatched July 23. We are now awaiting the virgin queen to mate and start laying some time around August 2. If She des not return or start laying, we will probably combine them with the bees from Hive 6.