Re: How to keep honeybees alive and thriving.
I enjoyed your splitting video from last June.
I, too, believe that the only way to make a split it to make it strong. Regardless of time of season, they must be able to defend against robbers, incubate brood in cool weather, cool the nest in hot weather, forage and have enough nurse bees to support brood rearing when the queen is at her full egg laying capacity.
A couple of suggestions from an old beekeeper with a bad back.
I always take an empty deep and nuc box with me when I make my splits. Immediately after removing the hive cover I place it on the ground and put the empty deep on it. Rather than leaning frames on the side of the hive or returning them to the hive I put them into the empty deep. That way, when I am ready to move the top deep it is nearly empty…much easier on the back…. and I place it on top of the formerly empty one. When I find a frame with the queen I place it in the empty nuc box. That way there’s less chance that she ends up on the ground and I can keep her sequestered from the rest of the hive while I am juggling bees and frames in the donor hive.
Just a different approach.
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