Re: How To Split A Top Bar Hive Into A Langstroth
At this late in the season, it is not advisable to make the transition from a TBH into a langs hive. Why? Because winter is approaching and the days for drawing comb had already ended over here. If it is still early in the year then yes, you can do it. Here is my advice until next season to make this change. With winter approaching next month, go ahead to make a split of the nuc TBH. Yes, you can make a nuc out of the TBH too. Do a search online for a nuc TBH design. Then try to overwinter them by feeding for the Autumn build up. If the new split cannot make a new mated queen because of fewer drones or queen lost in mating flight situation then recombine it to the original hive for overwintering. If you make the split stronger on the new hive location then your original hive location can have fewer bees inside. Why? Because all the foragers from the split hive will fly back to their original location over the next few days. Try to make the split so that both side have almost the same amount of bees after the split.
Option #2 is quite possible being this late but you have to find the drawn langs frames to do it right. Try to get 5 of the drawn langs frames to put in a 5 frame nuc hive box. If you don't have a 5 frame nuc hive box then the empty space will need to be filled in somehow with the aluminum lined cut up foam boards and a hive follower board between them. Too much empty space will chill the broods during our rainy seasons. Then find the original queen and put her inside this nuc box on the frame. Finally gently brushed in the bees from your TBH. Depending on how many frame of bees you have, it is better to even out the bees on both hives. Don't forget to feed them both patty subs and syrup. Which option do you like to try?
Drawn comb and nuc hive split:
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?