Making splits of bee hives
I wanted to share what I do when creating splits. I made three of these last wednesday.
My hives are exploding with bees and brood right now. In order to prevent swarming while maintaining honey production I take out one frame with mostly capped brood und some cells with very young brood. The bees will raise the young brood as queens.
I put the brood frame with approx 2000 bees into a hive box directly adjectant to the hive box wall. The next frame is a foundation and as the last frame I add a frame with honey of approx. 2kg. Dann I reduce the entrance to und width of one bee and take the split to a Location at least 3km away. After 28 days I come back and will treat the new hive with the now laying queen with spraying oxalic acid.
This small hive will grow into a full grown und strong hive vor winter.
How do you do splits und grow your apiary?