from the crossroads thread: "I'm going to need a mentor, this will be my first year to try doing splits, and I worked too late to make my bee meeting. When my local mentor tried to help me by phone last year I ended up killing 9 frames of brood. So I'm reading my book and you at least need to read the forum, Riverbee " i started this thread just for you gypsi.....:grin: and for anyone else who has questions about spring divides, you can all post and buzz our brains with questions about how each of us divides our hives in our locations. i know you are reading a book gypsi trying to get up to speed, i have another short article for you to read that discusses basic methods of spring divides. first and foremost, decide the purpose of the divide and what do you want to accomplish? swarm prevention, increase (more bees), honey production (more honey) or other reason. i know what you will say, i just want to know how to divide a hive.....:lol: but these are important factors, and your decision will also be based on your hives. there are many ways to divide hives, this article discusses some basic methods that work well. from the article: "before going into the apiary, you need to decide what purpose you have in mind for these new splits. Are they for swarm prevention? Will they go into honey or queen production? Are they to be sold off? Or, are they just more pets to look after? There are slight differences when making up the splits for each of the above cases. Also, the strength of the original colony will play a role as well. They may not be strong enough to make splits yet, or so strong as to be able to make more than one." here is the article: SPLITS FOR DIFFERENT REASONS so fire away the questions! or contribute how you divide your hives, or would *teach another to do it. :grin: i may employ one or more method when dividing hives, and it is always based on the criteria i mentioned above, purpose, goal, colony strength and health. i'll jump back when the thread is rolling, also *easier to answer questions specific to another beeks 'criteria', one method might not suit another.