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Author Topic: Splitting a single two-colony TBH into two separate hives in situ  (Read 552 times)
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« on: March 30, 2014, 05:54:08 AM »

Hello everyone

I'm about to place a single TBH in a field and I'm considering putting two colonies in it (one on each end, with follower boards to keep them separate).  However, it may happen later that the colonies grow so large that I would need to move one of them into a separate hive.  My question is whether you think it would "work" if I do this by turning the original hive by 20-30 degrees while keeping the one flight opening in the original position, and then placing a second hive alongside it so that its flight opening is in the same position as the original second opening of the first hive.

Here's an image to illustrate:

Your thoughts?


Samuel Murray, Ugchelen, Netherlands
6 hives in 3 locations (4 x Buckfast F2++, 2 x Ligustica F1+)
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2014, 06:41:25 AM »

If the hives look the same, they probably will not notice it at all. The only thing different is the angle and that is not a problem. It should work very well.

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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2014, 07:17:34 AM »

Sounds like a fine plan.    I have overwintered two colonies in the same hive although my entrances where on the side and not the end.   I did not split them into separate hive as you are proposing,  but since the entrance locations are staying the same,  they will not care.


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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2014, 08:06:08 AM »

We've housed two in one before.  I'm sure when you split it will be fine.  If you are worried just put something in front of the opening to force reorientation.  But with the openings in pretty much the same place they should do fine.  When I've had to split or move sometimes they come back and are a little confused but they'll drift into the nearest hive anyway.
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