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  1. #1
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    Default Best time of day to split a hive?

    Hi,
    What is the best time of day to split a hive?
    Is it better to do it when the hive has all the field bees in IE: early morning /evening: or when they are out, Midday?

    The half of the hive with the mother queen will be taken to an out yard.


    Glen
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    Default Re: Best time of day to split a hive?

    I do it when I'm not at work and it's not raining.

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    Default Re: Best time of day to split a hive?

    Do what you need to do when you can, not necessarily when you want to. But, usually some time between daylight and dark. If the colony is strong enough to split the time of day doesn't matter much.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Best time of day to split a hive?

    It is advantageous to make splits during the days busiest forage times. That means less foragers in the way and it is the nurse bees that are going to stay with the split. 10 and 2 is a rule of thumb but often I split outside of that and it works fine.

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    Default Re: Best time of day to split a hive?

    Thanks Guys,
    I did it on the weekend, Saturday and took the box with the queen in it to my out yard.
    I put a virgin queen caged with some bees, in box that was left, the next day.


    Glen
    Last edited by Glen H; 06-09-2014 at 09:48 AM.
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