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« on: March 19, 2013, 10:59:23 AM »

Hi everyone my bees dies over the winter Sad, and i will be buying a package of 3,000 bees in the spring. Is it possible that i could take half of the bees in the package and make a new hive? Or do you have to have 3,000 bees for the colony to start up? Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2013, 11:08:02 AM »

Are you sure you're not buying a 3 pound package?  That's really the norm.  A 3 pound package is probably somewhere between 9,000 and 12,000 bees....give or take. 
As for splitting a package.  My rookie opinion would be that it's challenging enough to get a package to survive, the last thing you would want to do is make it twice as hard for them.  Not to mention, 1 package comes with 1 queen, so if you split them, you need another queen.

Good luck.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2013, 11:22:53 AM »

You would be better off letting them build up then splitting them with a new queen for the split.
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2013, 11:35:09 AM »

I would make a strong split later instead of splitting it when they have nothing.  "Critical mass" makes a lot of difference.
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2013, 05:37:18 PM »

I'm no expert, but I wouldn't split a new package.  Perhaps you can put out a swarm trap or two and build up a little in that way.  (If your lucky enough to catch a swarm!)

Good luck!

Rich
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