Its finally spring and its time to see what is
going on in our hives. As most of us know it is time to split if we have healthy
For us that do we have found an easy way that
seems to work well. Here are the steps:
Make sure you have at least 8 preferred 10
frames (deep or the equal in med so 12-14 approx)
Purchase a queen, we sell them.
Move your existing hive at minimum 5 feet from
where it was.
Turn it 90 degrees from the way it was facing,
so if it was facing south face it east.
In the original location place a new bottom
board, and an empty super/box.
Go to the hive you have moved
Place them in the empty box together, never
separate the brood.
Go back to the hive you have moved.
Place them on the outside of the brood frames.
Hang the purchased queen in the center of the
box. We like to leave the cork in with her for 2 days before we replace it
with marshmallow. So we know they are use to her.
Then we place on a second box to let them start
to grow. We have our feeder in there. If you use a hive top feeder place it
on as well. Fill your feeder.
Place your top on, it will be 3 to 4 days before
you see a lot of activity out of the hive.
Back to the original hive.
Make sure your brood is together. Place the
honey and pollen on the outside of them.
You can place a few in the new second box you
are going to place on the hive, I have found when I knock the bees off the
frames into the new second box there are less damaged in the process, then
set them on the first box from the split.
Make sure the feeder is in top box or hive top
is on fill it.
Place your top on, Again it will be a few days until
you see any real activity in the hive.
Just like the other way make sure you have 8-10
frames of brood.