Refering to making multiple smaller ones (nucs) reminds me of something i did back in May of 2007.
Originally Posted by justgojumpit
I had moved most my hives out to pollenation and kept back 4 of my best hives I had fed and built the hives up to the point that they had 16 to 17 frames of brood in variuos stages. I waited for a warm sunny day during the tail end of the dandilion flow when a majority of the feild force was out. This is how i made my nucs per each hive.
I had a super of 6 frames ready to recieve 3 frames from the hive that had no brood or very little, I then put the queen into this unit and sat it aside for the time being. I then split the remaining frames up between the 5 nuc boxes. Most nucs had a frame of solid capped brood, a 2 frames of brood in varios stages, out of these 2 frames I made sure one had eggs or very young larva since I was allowing them to raise their own queen. A fourth frame of honey and pollen stored from last year was given to them as well. I moved these nucs to another yard and the single in wich I had put the queen was returned where the mother hive stood to cath the feild force. Thus I had made 5 nucs plus the one left behind with old mama for a total o 6 splits from on hive.
All the nucs had laying queens with in the first week of june. I switch them out to singles by the first week in july. I gave them an excluder and shallow super in the fourth week of july and darned if they didn't fill them up. later I fed them heavily and over wintered them as singles. The 4 original mothers made it to a double broodnest wich I requeened later in the summer.
This was the first time I had ever done something like this to my bees though I had worked with another beek and we did pretty well the same thing and it was from that where I had gotten the idea.
I believe that this method would work well for a beek who was planning a big increase. 20 hives goes to 120 hives.
Will Gruenwald Chilliwack BC