How to split OH?
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Frederick, MD

    Default How to split OH?

    I manage two obs hives (Draper rotating type with shallow frame over three deep frames: single layer) at two nature centers here in Frederick, MD. Last year a member posted some great tips on maintaining an OH. He had success splitting obs hives two times - once in spring at pinnacle of buildup and once in August. Can you tell me exactly how to "split" an observation hive? Do you take the old queen along with ONE frame of brood and adhering bees out and replace it with a frame of open comb? Do you take only the queen out and leave all bees and brood (eggs/young larvae needed to make another queen)? When I hear "split" I normally think of Langs where I would removing queen, brood, adhering bees, etc. But what is a "split" when it comes to OHs? - Dave

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Forsyth, Missouri

    Default Re: How to split OH?

    It all depends on what is needed in the OH.
    Is there queen cells? (remove old queen or cells?)
    Just think of it as a small hive and what is needed to keep it under control.

    I have a small OH with 2 deep 1 med. frame and split it last year when the new queen cell was caped.
    Less chance of them tearing it down.
    I took 1 deep and old queen and put her in a nuc.
    I will be breeding from her this year as she has out grown 10 frames already this year.
    Zone 6b 1400'

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Landing, NJ, USA

    Default Re: How to split OH?

    In an educational environment, part of the time, I would take the queen so as to be able to demonstrate the process of queen replacement. Perhaps even let them swarm occasionally as a demonstration. Most of the time I believe you will just be taking stuff (brood and stores) as the bees fill combs to maintain balance and some free space. It would be handy to have a conventional hive somewhere to swap stuff with.

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Cullman, Alabama, USA

    Default Re: How to split OH?

    Not that I have any experience in this field, but I would probably make sure the OH got a new queen. it would be discouraging for her to fail.
    Very educational, but not what is usually showcased in an OH. Good Luck ... CE
    Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.


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