Topic Thirteen - Splitting a Hive

Objectives
  1. To learn how to split a hive
  2. To learn the advantages and disadvantages of splitting a hive
  3. To recognize when it is time to split a hive
  4. To be able to show how to split a hive
  5. To understand how to introduce a caged queen or capped queen cell into a hive

Key Words:

Split - a way to increase the number of colonies you have by taking frames of bees and brood from one hive and putting them in an empty hive box to start a new colony.

Queenless hive - when a beehive does not have a queen

Re-queeningwhen you take an old queen out of a beehive and put in a new queen

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Why would I want to split my hive(s)?
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When should I split my hive(s)?
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What is the most important thing to remember when splitting a hive?
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What could go wrong when splitting a hive?
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How often can I split my hives?
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What should I do if I cannot find the queen when I am splitting my hive?
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Why should the queen be introduced slowly?
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How long after I do my split will my new queen begin to lay eggs?
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