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  1. #1
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    Default Splits

    How late in the year is it alright to make a split?

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  3. #2
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    In my area it's too late. I wouldn't make little queenless nucs and expect them to raise a queen and draw out a bunch of comb. Maybe ok if splitting a big hive in half equally.

  4. #3
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    Default Re: Splits

    I you are not feeding it may be to late.
    I am North of you around Branson.
    I started 5 yesterday and have frame feeders in each hive.
    I will be starting several more next week as well, all for over wintering.
    Zone 6b 1400'

  5. #4
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    I'm feeding and I was planning to extract honey next week. Thought there was enough summer for my bees to collect for the winter. I need to extract right away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoverBob View Post
    I'm feeding and I was planning to extract honey next week. Thought there was enough summer for my bees to collect for the winter. I need to extract right away.
    How do you know you are not extracting stored sugar syrup?

  7. #6
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    Funny question. I have five hives with capped honey. I don't keep track when the supers are capped. Do you? Some of the capped honey has been in the hive since last season. I feed off and on all year.

  8. #7
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    When the honey supers go on, the feeders are taken off. That way, you know only nectar is put into the supers.

  9. #8
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    Default Re: Splits

    I got the message too late in the season for splits. Thanks to those who added to the thread.

  10. #9
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    Depends on your climate. I'm on the east coast of North Carolina and I will be doing splits into August. I feed 1 to 1 sugar syrup and use drawn comb and they will build up. I raise my own queens so they start with a bred queen. We have plenty of pollen through November and if not they get pollen. If they are in the chicken feed they need pollen. lol

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