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  1. #1
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    Default Question -- Answers please:}

    can I do a split this time of year?? I live in Maryland. the reason I am thinking about doing it is This hive has been supper this past year the queen has filled two deeps and a medium just about full of brood. you can see her and the patern in some of these pic's. so if I do split them now I can go back to one deep and a med on one of them, and a deep and a shallow on the other.

    Oh yes what kind of queen is that? does anyone know? she is small and mostly yellow.


    http://www.memorialspark.com/Bee/queenBox1.jpg

    http://www.memorialspark.com/Bee/box1brood.jpg

    This is also a frame at our local fair winning 1st place.

    http://www.memorialspark.com/Bee/fairHoney2.jpg
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    Not sure what the conditions are in maryland,but it is too late in my book to make any splits.

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    Probably. But you will need to feed it continually through the fall.

    And it would need to be a strong split as well.

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    I can't answer your questions. But that is a cool lookin Queen.

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    1) do you have other colonies?

    2) do you know anyone with soybean field ?

    3) are your other hives as full as this one?

    if yes to all three "maybe"

    I had to split my packages back at the end of june. They had grown to the point of swarming since installing in early april. Yes, swarm cells and lots of drone in each hive in a few months. I did small splits to keep room in the hives with the understanding that I might need to put them back togather for winter. I put them on a friends soybean field a week ago, and they went from 5 frames drawn in each single deep to all frames drawn in that week. I will need to put another deep on them this comming weekend to keep them busy. but this has been an exceptional year here for just about everything.
    just understand that you might need to recombine/risk loosing them/need to feed until very late. if you do try to split try to keep them as strong as possible if that means taking a little from other colonies, don't take too much from them.
    ok, that is my 2 cents for what it's worth
    Last edited by bigbore; 07-26-2008 at 06:26 AM. Reason: clarification

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    1) do you have other colonies?

    2) do you know anyone with soybean field ?

    3) are your other hives as full as this one?

    if yes to all three "maybe"



    I have four working hives two which are super strong, but no where close to one another but to rob it I could if needed.

    something for them to get to yes buckwheat and all kind of golden rod an other stuff clover an more.
    am not sure if there is soybean around or not.

    I think I may as well wait till spring that way I won't mess anything up:}


    thanks for the answers JB:}
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek1 View Post
    I can't answer your questions. But that is a cool lookin Queen.
    Man I would have never see her if she were normal and to think I just about dumped the lid on the ground next to the hive whew!!!!!!!
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