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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Splitting a Top-bar hive

    I have a tbh that's pretty much full, but there's only about one lone frame of honey. However, most of the other brood frames have honey at the top. All the drones have been kicked out, so they won't be swarming or raising a new queen anytime soon, but I realize things can change on a dime with bees. I also installed a new queen several months back. She has been laying just fine.

    What I'm wanting to do, since this is the only hive I have that's active, is buy a local queen for twenty bucks, install her in an adjacent hive along with brood/honey/nurse bees (sans old queen) from the original hive.

    Keep in mind I live in Florida, so I have more time for a hive to establish itself before our "winter" kicks in.

    Should I attempt this, or just leave my lone hive be?

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Splitting a Top-bar hive

    Quote Originally Posted by PatBeek View Post
    What I'm wanting to do, since this is the only hive I have that's active, is buy a local queen for twenty bucks, install her in an adjacent hive along with brood/honey/nurse bees (sans old queen) from the original hive.

    Keep in mind I live in Florida, so I have more time for a hive to establish itself before our "winter" kicks in.

    Should I attempt this, or just leave my lone hive be?
    Go for it, I did this very thing (well almost seeing as it was a chop and crop) and still had the chance 9 weeks later to split that colony, *that second split* didn't go quite to plan but they have a laying queen now too.

    The original is down to one, just one, single bar without a full comb on it, that bar has a 2" x3" start going as at last inspection. So come spring, yep I'm in Australia, I'm going to have to be on my toes for sure! I'm hoping I can split those two hives to yield three additional ones, I'm totally not expecting any honey at all though.....
    Last edited by praxis178; 07-02-2013 at 01:26 AM. Reason: clarification

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Splitting a Top-bar hive

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    What's the latest in the year people begin splits in Florida and are successful?

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    www.savebeesflorida.com (Honeybee removals and top bar hives)

  4. #24
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    Default Re: Splitting a Top-bar hive

    Almost that time of year again..

    Are you all ready to do splits?

    By the way, this video is very valuable:


    "The Sustainable Apiary by Mike Palmer" on YouTube


    www.youtube.com/watch?v=nznzpiWEI8A
    www.savebeesflorida.com (Honeybee removals and top bar hives)

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