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Making splits of bee hives

JensJens Posts: 555 ✭✭✭✭
edited November 2020 in Beekeeping

Hello everyone,

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?


  • EarlKellyEarlKelly Penn state master gardener Northeastern Pennsylvania zone 5bPosts: 230 ✭✭✭

    Just got back into bees this year. Haven’t tried to split one yet just getting going. Might give it a try this spring. How do you make out overwintering your bees? Or are you far enough south so not a major concern? Building swarm boxes right now. Want to be ready this spring. Did manage to get 3 wild swarms this year. Anxious to see how I do this year. Thanks for the info.

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