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Offline gardeningfireman

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Need to split; advice please?
« on: April 24, 2010, 03:48:07 PM »
My situation: Both of my hives have three to five frames of brood in the super above the deeps. Both hives have a lot of honey in the deeps. A lady I know wants me to put a hive on her property. I want to prevent swarming. I want honey, not brood in my supers!
My idea: Take all the medium frames with brood from both hives and put them into one med. box along with a lot of bees. Take some deep frames of honey from both and put them into one deep box. Fill in the new boxes with empty frames as needed. Put the med. on top of the deep. Replace the frames removed from the two doner colonies.
Make sure there are eggs so they can start a new queen if there are not already queen cells started. Take the new hive to my friend's property which is several miles away.
Does this sound like it would work? Thanks as always!

Offline doak

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Re: Need to split; advice please?
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2010, 04:23:16 PM »
In the process of taking the frames, watch out for any Queen cells. If there is some then you are half way there. Don't see why it wouldn't work. Or, if you have Queen cells leave those and take the Queen with the split, making them think they have swarmed. :)doak