How early do you guys make your spring splits?

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  1. paint504

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    Was wondering when everyone makes their walk away splits in the spring. March, April?
     
  2. camero7

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    Actually I make mine in July with mated queens. Not a fan of early splits, loose too much honey that way
     

  3. paint504

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    Yeah I just have a couple hives that are doing a little too well and I want to split them asap before they swarm. I'm not to worried about honey, I just checked them the other day and it seems like they didn't even touch their winter supply yet. The supers I left for them are still Full in fact I'm debating if I should add another super.
     
  4. paint504

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    Oh plus I already have drone brood, a little early isn't it?
     
  5. camero7

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    Spring is about 4 weeks early up here. I would pull those supers full of honey and extract them...put an empty super in their place if you have a flow. I'd also reverse the bottom boxes if you have 2 brood boxes. That slows down swarming and let's you get some honey while they continue to build up. They might all be in the top brood box and will expand and continue to grow. If you don't have a flow I would not split - but that's just me
     
  6. Gypsi

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    I didn't have drone brood last inspection. will split when I do. queens are becoming available here.
     
  7. paint504

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    Yeah I'll give it two more weeks and I'm pulling all supers and extracting them. As far as switching the deeps around I can't, here in Florida we only use one deep or at least I do. Our bees don't need a lot of honey to survive the winter like you guys in the north do.
     
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    It is a bit too chilly to open hives today, hope to take a look on Sunday and I may split my big one.
     
  9. paint504

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    Spring is already here for me, it's been in the 80s and everything is blooming. Once I start seeing a lot on drones I'm splitting my hives.
     
  10. Gypsi

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    spring here, and 30 last night.
    This weekend is time enough to look, if drones, then split. and start trap outs on the forklift hives. (story for another day, have to go to work)
     
  11. ibeelearning

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    I would wait until I saw drone cells.

    The weather is so confusing, I'm not sure about walk aways this year. So, I've decided to try Mann Lake's queen rearing kit... ok, so I wanted to try it anyway and the weather is an excuse. In my little mind, I should be able to save several weeks and make more splits with fewer mature frames and maybe sell a few virgins to boot.

    In the rainy weather, I couldn't find the rascally laying queen I wanted for the mating box last week. I had to work "up norf" this week but will be home Monday and I am bound and determined to have somebody laying next week, and make up new nucs with queen cells by St Patty's Day.
     
  12. camero7

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    0° at my house this morning with wind chill of -15°
     
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    Dang, Cam! Why don't we just send you honey this year?
     
  14. camero7

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    good idea, PM for shipping instructions:thumbsup:
     
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    the weather is a definite pita this year..4 days ago it was 60 plus and over the weekeend was in the teens and 20s, just warmed up to about 40 to 50 today and looks like a temp drop again at the end of the week..
     
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    Weather is drought here, according to the weight of the big hive I was going to split today. Will still split, but not today, and feed lids going on hives tomorrow morning, will re-evaluate situation in a day or 2. dropping to low 40's or upper 30's tonight, 2 frames of brood in top box and half a frame of nectar. That brood was uncapped, I didn't even go below to see what was going on. Will have to do when more stable warm temp, don't want to chill brood
     
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    We continue with the roller coaster weather. Going up to 55° today [rain], back down to 4° Saturday. I almost took my winter wraps off last week, so glad I didn't.
     
  18. paint504

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    Man sounds brutal guys, reminds me of Michigan. One day your wearing short sleeve shirts and shorts. The next day your wearing snow gear.
     
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    Well, down to 0° tonight, a foot of snow Tuesday, 50mph winds yesterday
     
  20. paint504

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    Finally made my splits! Found lots of drones/drone brood.