What do I do if I need at some point split my colony and I only have room in my yard for 2 hives?
If you want to split your one colony, you can do so right where the hive is. Make your split however you plan to and move the queenright part to the place in your yard where you want the second hive, leaving the split on the original site. I know plenty of guys who split hives and move the queenright half to a position behind the original spot. Field bees will return to the original site, boosting the split's population and stimulating the hive w/ pollen and nectar coming in.crazy8days said:What do I do if I need at some point split my colony and I only have room in my yard for 2 hives?
That is what I wanted to know. Never thought about placing another hive on top of another. Like a double decker! Will be looking this year for other places this year. Thanks everyone!Marbees said:If you don't have space for more then 2 hives, and you see swarm cells in your hive,you may do following:
Chances are the queen cells are at the bottom of the second story of your colony. Make sure the queen is not in that box. Remove the box, and in it's place put empty box with drawn comb if you have, if not foundation will do the job. On the top of the new box place a double screen board, and on top of it box with queen cells, brood and nurse bees. All foragers will return to the original colony, where the queen is, and the colony will not swarm because they are almost broodles, second story is empty.
So swarming is prevented and you got new colony. After 3 weeks or more new queen will hatch and mate.
By the time a new queen is operational (laying eggs) you found a new location for your hive, move it there, top it with another hive box and good luck.
This split is possible when you have a good nectar flow, up here it's after May 10th , right on swarming calendar. Good flow diminishes chances of the new colony being robed.
Double screen prevents one queen from killing another, and provides warmth for a new colony.
Yes, you can call it a temporary bottom board for the new colonycrazy8days said:
:lol: Yup, how many times you read or heard, the way I do that is actually variation of Demaree/Taylor/Pagden...Barbarian said:I think the Brighton beek is rather "over-egging" the system. Pagden can be a lot simpler. I suspect he is destroying capped Q cells to avoid a Q emerging/leaving before his day 6 step. I always thought that if you've got sealed Q cells the swarm will be ready to go.
These South coast beeks can be a law unto themselves ---- as can us Northerners. :roll: