Hives Full, Should I Split
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2017
    Geneva, Illinois, USA

    Default Hives Full, Should I Split

    I have two hives in Northern Illinois that are both 2 deeps and full. Should I split them now? If not, what should I do? These were packages this spring.

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Winona MN USA

    Default Re: Hives Full, Should I Split

    If it was me, I would not split this time of year. If they need room I would do that. I would give them a supper with foundation, assuming you have no comb to give them. It's not likely they will do much this time of year, but it will provide extra room and any comb they make I would take off before winter if they have not filled the supper, as I don't want any extra room in there over winter. There is still a fall flow coming but it is not as strong as say a spring flow. They may need the room now but as winter approaches the queen will reduce laying and the bee numbers will get reduced. I'm looking towards winter preparations. Any hive manipulations now are with that in mind. This may not be right. It is just what I would do if it was me.
    GOOD LUCK!!!

  4. #3
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Champaign, Illinois

    Default Re: Hives Full, Should I Split

    It's a nectar dearth right now and it will probably fail.
    Might get lucky but I would not bet the farm.

    What to do?
    Put a super on and pray we get a fall goldenrod flow. I've heard it's starting to begin to happen up there but not down here.
    Maybe you better ask someone in your neighborhood.
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