15Re: Splitting Hives
- May 4 6:12 AMMy wife and I used to go to Stratford every year when we lived in Cleveland,
I live in CT now.
I used to love Perth County. So green!
Yes you have to make sure you know which hive the queen is in when you split
Presumably your queens will come in a queen cage with a candy plug. You
suspend it in the hive with the candy plug upward (not downward) and by the
time the bees eat through it they will be used to the new queen and not kill
her. If they don't come that way you need to construct a cage. Plastic ones
are available from most of the bee supply houses. Dadant. Brushy Mountain.
Mann Lake. Betterbee etc.
Hard to advise on whether to make a third hive from combining brood from the
two existing vs. just one. My guess without knowing the hives and
characteristics is that it would be better (more productive) to let one hive
stay full force while you nurture two along for this year. The rule of thumb
is that 60000 bees in one hive will produce a lot more honey than 30000 bees
in each of two hives. If both hives are really strong though, you could take
one or two frames from the other hive to put less stress on the one you are
Let me know how it turns out.
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