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    Default Can you split a package

    Could you split a package to give a newer hived colony a boost, and nuc/hive the remaining package and queen?

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    Anyone???

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    If that's your intent, I'd put the half package in a nuc, not a full sized hive. They will not take off as quickly, but they will probably get going eventually.
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    you "can" but I wouldn't
    aren't you close to a spring flow?
    why don't you let the weak hive build up on that?
    a package has enough to deal with

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by drobbins View Post
    you "can" but I wouldn't
    aren't you close to a spring flow?
    why don't you let the weak hive build up on that?
    a package has enough to deal with

    Dave
    Thanks for the input guys
    Spring Flow? It just finished snowing here for the last two days:confused:The wheather here is crazy right now.
    I just hived them. Its my first year, i need to be more patient with the other hive.

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    I would get some experiance behind your belt first before you try to split a package.

    We are doing it this year. We hived all the packages in nucs and will let them build up into a second nuc body and then split them.
    Chef Isaac..Culinary Arts and Honey are a sweet mix! http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com & http://www.adoptahive.info

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chef Isaac View Post
    I would get some experiance behind your belt first before you try to split a package.

    We are doing it this year. We hived all the packages in nucs and will let them build up into a second nuc body and then split them.
    i'm doing the same thing chef. splitting and adding a queen cell after established in double nucs. this is not splitting packages though this is splitting 8-10 frames of bees and brood.
    all that is gold does not glitter

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    I cant wait to try it out. I do hope it works!! I need to get my numbers up!!!!
    Chef Isaac..Culinary Arts and Honey are a sweet mix! http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com & http://www.adoptahive.info

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