Re: Splitting a first year hive
Couple years ago I helped a woman hive her two packages that had Florida queens with Illinois bees. I ended up being the caretaker for them bees. Had not intended for that to happen but it did.
Little did I know that constant rain was going to flood her 15-acre alfalfa field. It went to full bloom and did not get cut until it was 6 feet tall. The two colonies quickly went to "split us now" mode so I split them both. Then it got even crazier. All four hives swarmed a month and a couple weeks later. I ended up toting off 4 swarms and two hives because she had no equipment to hive swarms or splits. The splits were in my equipment therefore became mine.
Point is that anything is possible when you have lots of nectar available.
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