I’ve done this one! It went really well. We didn’t have a clue where the Queen was until we saw eggs a few days later. We created two additional colonies plus the original colony. The colony with the Queen even went on to produce a surplus of 13lb of honey that year.
- Smoke hive
- Remove 3-6 frames of bees from the original hive making sure there is a good mix of eggs, brood, bees and stores
- Place 6 new frames of foundation in the original hive
- Place 3 frames into each new hive making sure that each hive has eggs, brood, bees and stores
- Feed as required
- Check 5 days later and keep your strongest Queen cell, cutting out the others
The hives with no Queens will raise emergency Queens from the eggs.
OK, OK … you want to see the Fat Bee Man in action. Here he is splitting hives:
- The Bees Are Back In Town: We successfully split a hive and 1 hive becomes 3
- Swarm Management – Other swarm management techniques
- How-To Guides – Other simple, beekeeping guides
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