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  1. Splits/Combines
    I am considering doing some splits that immitate a hive just swarmed. Is there a name for this or is it a common way to split? Day 1:Seperate the supers from the brood chamber. Install a new bottom board and outer cover on the supers and keep the supers in the original hive location. catch the...
  2. Bee Forum
    I did an inspection today and it has made me think about how I make my splits. I was looking at a split I made on the 4th of December, it has been going well but today I saw a queen cell. Just one, half way up a frame, I also saw the queen and fresh eggs. The queen was running around, seemingly...
  3. Bee Forum
    Q- Are queen cells (elongated) in the middle of frame always supercedure? I removed a queen today and created a split and now I'm starting to doubt myself and whether I made the right decision. Parked old queen and a few frames of brood in a resource hive. Gave them a sugar slurry over wax...
  4. Splits/Combines
    Background: I have two colonies - one a package in a horizontal hive that is establishing itself quite nicely the other a feral hive that occupied a hive left empty last fall, overwintered and is THRIVING. The feral colony is in a langstrom setup single brood box, queen excluder and two honey...
  5. Splits/Combines
    Hi, I have a hive that I think I'll be able to split in the next couple of weeks, and the hive that I'd like to put them into is only about 4ft away, and oriented in the same direction. I'm curious if this is too close, and if the workers that are heading out to forage will just go back into...
  6. Splits/Combines
    Help! We tried making 3 splits with caged queens but none were successful. In all 3 of them, the queens were not released from the cage and died. What did we do wrong? For split #1 we took 2 frames of capped brood and 1 frame of honey with a few shakes of bees and put it in 8 frame deep box...
  7. Bee Forum
    I am at a crossroads in solving a problem created by my goof. The plan was to create a split from my existing carniolan hive. Seemed like a good idea because I had a ton of bees and the honey flow appears to be over here in southern New Hampshire. I would remove two frames of emerging...
  8. Splits/Combines
    Hi, I'm a 2nd year beek, and have overwintered a hive that came from a nuc late last spring. The nuc was suspect (long story: a disastrous late freeze with my first package, found a guy on Craigslist with late nucs, met him in a parking lot at 5 am, black comb on old frames - I know...
  9. Bee Forum
    So, here's the situation. It is my 2nd year beekeeping. I was wanting to experiment with single deep brood chambers. So I went to the yard over the weekend and tried to use one of my double hives that didn't have anything in the bottom box. However, when I got there there was 2 frames of brood...
  10. Commercial Beekeeping
    So as title say what are best way to create bees package in industrial apiary without to locking for queen in every hive. I was thinking at some method like this but couldnt understand if he look for queen or not (sorry not a native engliish) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ShQt-AEoFM . But...
  11. Bee Forum
    Good day, In mid-June this year I made a split from my overwintered colony. By the end of July I already had 3 full boxes (8 frame Lang) on that new split. Two weeks ago I took the upper box off - it was full of honey (just as the second box is). I extracted the honey and then installed the...
  12. Splits/Combines
    Hi, I am fairly new to this. I have 2 top bar hives, one just split on its own last week and left. I checked my other one and I see queen cells. I do not want to lose half of these bees too as I have an empty Langstroth I would like to put them in. I have also one other langstroth that I just...
  13. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I have a hive that's got me stumped, and if someone could provide some information, it would really be appreciated. I captured a fairly large swarm two weeks ago. Since it seemed too large for a nuc, we went ahead and placed them in an empty deep and left it alone and filled with bees. This is...
  14. Splits/Combines
    Good day! Part of my hive has swarmed today. Not too many bees left though. One of my acquaintances a commercial beekeeper helped me to do the following: 1. Go through the hive frame by frame and find frames with capped queen cells 2. Found 3 queen cells and split the colony into 3; The main...
  15. Splits/Combines
    2nd year beekeeper. One of 2 hives survived the winter (10 frame w/foundation, double deep). Added 2 new packages this year...one in the dead out and one in new 8 frame foundationless mediums (trying to save my back and experiment with foundationless). All colonies were doing well. Surviving...
  16. Splits/Combines
    Hi. On April 14th I split inspected my commercial beehive (hive 1) having 1 commercial brood with 10 frames and 2 super with 11 frames each. It was overflowing with bees and being a beginner I sort of panicked and brought a Nuc and took 6 frames from the brood thinking that I would avoid...
  17. Splits/Combines
    2nd year beekeeper here with a few questions on some new experiences. My overwintered hive was very strong this spring and was showing signs of swarming so I made my first split. After seeing quite a few supersedure cells with two full brood boxes I checkered a new brood box with plenty of...
  18. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I am wondering at what stage of the Queen cell development should I do a split? Should I wait until the queen cells are capped, or prior to that? I was hoping to get into the hive yesterday to check them. It was windy, cold and rainy so I could not. I have to work today and it's going to be...
  19. Equipment/Hardware
    While surfing BS, i found pdf in german describing howto boost and split colony in 6 jumbo(?) frames nuc, setting 6-on-6, toss frames etc. Unfortunately i don't speak/read german and google pointed me on british 14*12 6 frames poly nuc's. If anyone have info about internal dimensions...
  20. Beekeeping 101
    I've got three hives and I'm wanting to split them pretty aggressively. Can you take bees from different colonies for a single split?
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