What would you do?
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2019
    Falls County,TX

    Default What would you do?

    3rd year beekeeper going into late winter with 4 very strong 2 deep hives.

    I would like to expand the hive count to 10 or so.

    On hand are:
    7 more complete top to bottom hives
    9 5 frame D. Coates Nucs

    I plan on 3 nucs being allocated to swarm traps
    I have 2 new queens arriving early May.

    I have researched walk away splits, brood splits into nucs and cut down splits, all manner of splits. Maximizing honey production is not imperative. Selling nucs is not on the table. Nectar flow here is usually diminished by June and most definitely over by July. Swarming commenced on March 13 last year.

    With these resources available, what would you do to double the hive count?

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Williamsport, PA

    Default Re: What would you do?

    I'm partial to flyback splits. I would flyback split the hive, then when the original hive makes cells divide those between 2 nuc boxes and call that another split. I've done that before during our flow and it worked out just fine.

    I'm nowhere near Texas so that may not work for you.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Jamesville, NC USA

    Default Re: What would you do?

    Split those four to make eight and catch two swarms. Done -- til next year.

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Covington County, Alabama, USA

    Default Re: What would you do?

    I am with Steve. Fly back splits. The queenless portion of the split will generate many frames with queen cells. Take 2 of those frames with queen cells and move them into nucs with stores and brood. That gives you 10.


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