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splitting a hive

  1. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I have a hive that is heading toward swarming. Lots of drones, some queen cells. My concern is that if I do a split now, and let the new hive raise a queen, are there enough drones in the area to mate the new queen? If the drones all come from the original hive, and only that hive, will the...
  2. Bee Forum
    I have an overwintered hive that I'm hoping will try to swarm, because I want to make up splits and use swarm cells. The earliest swarms in my area are around March 25; more typically they get going the first or second week or April. The weather has been too cold to do a good inspection, but the...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Hi there. First year beekeeper. So i had a package of bees that killed the queen a month in. I found 11 queen cells. All were a mixture of emergecy/supercedure cells of various sizes and a couple swarm cells. I killed 3, put 3 in a nucbox and left 4(thought there was 10 and left 3 but i missed...
  4. Bee Forum
    can I split a Carniolan colony in July. I am thinking to just take some brood (3 frames lang deep) some new bee and buy new queen? I am not sure if that timing is correct and if that is best way to do it? thanks
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