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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Charleston, SC, USA
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    Default Splits from a cutout

    I have done 4 cutouts this year and have 6 hives / sold nucs from them.
    I have a massive cutout coming in two weeks and also have access to a few queens. How would I go about splitting the cutout at the time of the cutout or should I give them a week and then split? I think I can get at least 3 5 frame medium nucs plus a 10 frame hive ...and then feed feed feed. I am planning on introducing mated queens. Thanks for the input. DJ.
    PS. I live in charleston sc.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Knox, Pa. USA
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    Default Re: Splits from a cutout

    I would not do more than a 50/50 split from a cut out. You never really know how well the bees will adapt to the cut out. A large mass of bees can wind up a modest single after all is said and done. If you split to thin, you could loose them all

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Rockford, MI
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    Default Re: Splits from a cutout

    Split during the cutout by hiving the brood comb AND bees into the nucs and hive if you must.
    BUT, it would be a better idea to wait a couple of weeks after the cutout and split at the yard.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Hunt County, Texas
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    16

    Default Re: Splits from a cutout

    Agree with Mr. Beeman. That way they are settled down a bit and easier to handle.

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