Jump to content

Recommended Posts

I'm relatively new to the hobby and this will be my first spring after starting a new single hive (single FD brood box) apiary last October.

So on the weekend i did a quick hive inspection to see how the colony was doing for overwintering honey supplies and check on the brood frames.

  • Absolutely no shortage of honey with full bur comb stuck between the lid and top hive mat.
  • Strong numbers of worker bees.
  • Brood frames were a bit light on, maybe half capacity.
  • Quite a few drones running missions during the last couple weeks
  • Lots of pollen coming.

My question is:

I want to split the hive to build up a second hive this year by putting another full depth super on top, transfer some brood frames to it and start feeding to get the colony to expand.

Should I do this now, or is it too early still?

All advice welcome.

Cheers

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 7
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

Yes. That is exactly what you should do.  Remember, always split from strength to strength.  

far to early, far to cold.

however things are moving and it won;t be long until they take off.

 

one common mistake beginners do is spit weak hives and they often end up with two dead hives (or very close to it). i would wait until the hive is at least 3-4 boxes high before splitting.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 4 weeks later...

Thanks all for your helpful insight.

One thing I forgot to mention was I am running a single brood box hive. 

My question may have been slightly misunderstood. I dont want to split the hive now, I just want to know if it's OK to put another box on top, divide the brood frames between them, add extra drawn frames and let the hive expand into both; essentially creating a double box brood chamber. Only split once this is full of brood and honey in a few months.

Cheers

Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, Meaty said:

Thanks all for your helpful insight.

One thing I forgot to mention was I am running a single brood box hive. 

My question may have been slightly misunderstood. I dont want to split the hive now, I just want to know if it's OK to put another box on top, divide the brood frames between them, add extra drawn frames and let the hive expand into both; essentially creating a double box brood chamber. Only split once this is full of brood and honey in a few months.

Cheers

if you want to do a half split, keep it as a single brood (assuming full depth) as its much easier to split.

just put honey suppers on and let it build up bee numbers.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...