Split day

In the spring a bee colony grows aggressively to prepare for swarming to create a new colony. To keep the bees in production, you can split the hive into several different colonies and trick them into thinking they are not ready to swarm.

Here are a series of pictures from the splits we did yesterday.

The original hives after pulling frames for splits
Moving the new hives to their new home
Queens for the new hives
New hives waiting for the queens on top
Introducing the queens
Ready to make honey!

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