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  1. 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...
  2. Bee Forum
    Split Hive A as an even split and everything seemed to go pretty textbook. Had plenty of resources to give both hives and am pretty sure I put the queen into the new box. Will check back in a week on that... But when I went to split Hive B today I noticed they had a ton of supercedure cells and...
  3. Bee Forum
    I am so excited but also a bit anxious about meeting the coming honey flow season that will start, if God so wills, in the coming April. This is my first year to have relatively many established colonies (41 in number) that are ready to deliver. I want to maximize the honey that I want to...
  4. Bee Forum
    So I have a top bar hive that is doing well, made by Bee Line apiaries. I also have several 5 frame deep Nuc boxes laying around along with a few deadout double deeps (10 frame equipment). I want to use the top bar to make splits...what is the best way? The top bar is roughly 48" long and...
  5. Bee Forum
    If I have one hive and split, what is the likelihood of a new queen (raised from this same brood) to mate with drones from the original hive?? I'm not sure if there are any other hive around me close by?!
  6. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hi all. I haven't had this opportunity yet, but feel like it's possible given these options. I'm interested to know what others' options and suggestion might be for how to handle this situation. I got 2 new packages this year, and 1 nuc. The packages were hived 3/31. about 3 weeks later, 4...
  7. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    When splitting a TBH, how far apart should the 2 hives be set from one another?
  8. Beekeeping 101
    One of my new out-apiaries is 100 miles away from where I live. I moved an overwintered hive to this location at the end of March. It was two deeps and a medium full of honey. I reversed the two deeps when I moved it to the new location. At the end of April, I did a walk-away split by taking...
  9. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hello, My planto make a split is to graft some queen cells and place them in a queenless starter hive for the first two days, them remove the queen cells and place them on top of a strong colony with a queen excluder. I will place the queenless bees back on their hive with a newspaper dividing...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    I have a hive with (5) eight frame boxes on it. It is full of bees with capped brood. Last year I was able to catch my first swarm in a hive trap, and so I didn't fare too bad. But this year, I would prefer to split my hive before they decide to swarm. There are drones in the hive, and they are...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    I've got 2 hives and thought I would go to 4 since the girls were booming and I was told would need new space very soon. I was planning on splitting the 2 hives but then started reading about the bees at B Weaver (anyone with experience there?). They breed V mite resistant strains and do not...
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