Spring Hive Management, Splitting a Hive


Hi, so it’s bee day. Bees and trees. I had five hives that I put to bed in the
Fall, and unfortunately only two of them made it. Three of them died. We had a really warm span of a few days in
late March where it was +15 degrees Celcius, And then within a week, two weeks, it went right back down to -17. That’s when I Iost at least two of the hives. The third one was a weak one. I didn’t really have high expectations for it. Anyways I’m going to be setting up to do some
splits I think because the hives seem quite active. I put honey supers on both of them, not so
much for the honey but just to give them some extra room. I did that last week. And so I’ll go have a look and see what’s
going on with the hives, but I’ll expect I’ll be doing at least a split, maybe two today. I don’t need this anymore. Just as a little tip, I put grass on the top
here. Last week when I was into the hives it was
just covered in ants. I always used to have ant issues. They would always build their colonies right
on top of the inner cover. Put a little bit of grass, fresh grass, hay
grass… gone. Promise you. They won’t bother. A little CleverJoe tip. They’ve certainly been drawing new comb. Yeah. And filling it. That’s great. I found a few years ago when I was trying to get them to draw on some new plastic frames that I bought, and then I decided to just
put an empty frame in… and that’s great. Look what they’ve done, they’ve drawn that
out just in the last few days. So they love empty frames. (Dog Barks) We’ll get some nice honeycomb. What I really want to see is what’s going
on in the top super here. Top BROOD box. Here’s where they might start to get a little
annoyed. Whew, wow. Jam packed with honey. That’s all fresh honey. Beautiful. Take a quick look for the queen. Don’t think she’s going to be on this frame,
this is just honey. I see some drones in there, which is good. That means I can actually do splits. If the drones aren’t actually flying yet,
that means there’s no point doing a split because your new queen is not going to be
mated. She will have nobody to mate with if there’s
no drones. That’s good. This is a queen excluder. It allows free movement of the worker bees
to get through but it’s too small for the queen. The queen won’t go through it. So I’m going to put this in between the two
boxes. Between the two brood boxes. And then I’m going to come back in a week
and one of these boxes is going to have eggs in it, and the other one won’t. So the box with eggs, I’ll know the queen
is in that brood box. And then I can introduce a new queen into
the split. That’s the plan. So I’ve got that one hive all ready to go. Did a split from it, or basically doing a
walk away split with the queen excluder between the two hives. Between the two boxes rather. And now I’m going to go look at this girl
in behind here. This is the second colony that survived and
I’m planning to look, looking like there’s lots and lots of bees in there. I’d like to basically get two or three good
strong frames of brood from it. And then do a second split. Just to show you, this is the new split. So, they’ve got four strong frames of brood,
and then some frames of honey mixed with brood. They may well have been a queen moved in there,
because these guys all seem to be content to be hanging out. Which is an indication that they may well
have a queen. I’ll see how they’re doing in the next day
or so and then I’m going to shake some bees into it. That’s it for today. I’ve got a lot of cleaning up to do here. Still have to dismantle these two hives. But everything is looking pretty good here.

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