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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Best way to make splits when your hives are full of bees?

    Can't say I use any particular method. Time of year, time constraints and queen availability dictate how I approach splitting.

    I often use a method similar to MP's but change things up a bit because I hate coming back to a yard and I work with singles. I will pull the frames I want for the split, shake the bees back into the brood chamber and add extra frames to fill the brood chamber. Slap on a queen excluder and then add an empty box on top. Into the empty box I add the beeless brood frames and other frames to fill the box. Smoke up the bees and a short time later I the split is ready to go. (Truth be told, mostly I'm putting the split into nuc boxes, starting them at the home yard, transferring then to brood chambers and then moving them early mornings in spring. With the distance to the yards we use this is the most efficient management method until I dream up the next one.) For what ever reason, smoking the bees up seems to work best for me from willow to dandelion bloom.

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Best way to make splits when your hives are full of bees?

    seems to me everyone has some kind of variation on the excluder trick,
    Allen how long after you smoke them up before you take the box away?
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Best way to make splits when your hives are full of bees?

    Most times some smoke 1 to 3 times about 5 minutes apart and the top box is nice and full of bees.

  4. #24
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    Pigeon Falls, WI
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    Default Re: Best way to make splits when your hives are full of bees?

    If the bees are reluctant to go up through the excluder sprinkle some bee-go inside your smoker before smoking the hive.
    Leer Family Honey Farm-Shannon Leer

  5. #25
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    Lewiston Idaho USA
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    Default Re: Best way to make splits when your hives are full of bees?

    Thanks to everyone for the excellent responses. They are all very helpful.

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