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Offline Gware

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« on: May 09, 2009, 05:20:25 PM »
do splits really help control swarming?

Offline Brian D. Bray

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Re: splits
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2009, 02:57:23 AM »
do splits really help control swarming?

Like GWB's undies it Depends.  Splitting can control swarming if done at the right time and in the right way.  The split needs to be done prior to the 1st large honey flow.  The old queen needs to be moved out of the original hive location in simulate having left with the swarm. A couple of empty frames should be placed on the outside of the brood chamber(s).  Give the hive plenty of room to grow as soon as possible after the split, ie when the boxes are 80% full of bees and comb (bee covered frames)
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Offline mgmoore7

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Re: splits
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2009, 07:53:38 AM »
If the splits are done before the hive decides it wants to swarm it can help.  It is common here in FL that before the orange flow or even during, splits are taken.  The young bees won't be foraging anyway since the orange bloom is so short.  The hard part is predicting the right timing.  If you take splits too early and the bloom is a little late then you may be taking foragers but you may also be reducing the need to swarm. 

Also, you may be able to split after you see swarm cells.  As Brian said, you must take the current queen with a split and it may trick them into thinking they have already swarmed. 

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Re: splits
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2009, 08:44:26 PM »
>do splits really help control swarming?

It's like a swarm only you get to keep the bees.  :)

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