My Favorite way to Split

This article is similar to a forum thread that I started on BeeSource

Splitting always comes up a a lot this time of year and like all things bee keeping everyone has their opinion – hopefully most of them are based on actual experience, and even trying different things. Making increase is one of my favorite parts of bee keeping, and I have tried a lot of different ways – I love to see things grow.

I have all 8 frame mediums – a single box hive is about equivalent to a 5 frame deep, and in our area will winter just fine (with sugar on top) and build up to a productive hive in the spring if all goes well. My opinion is that I would rather go into winter with two such small (but strong) hives than one big hive of any size – simply because you are twice as likely to have live bees in the spring. Also, remember that hives can (and often should)  be combined in either fall or spring if it seems like a good idea at the time.

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An Introduction to Queen Rearing

Honey bee eggs and young larva
As you can see in this great photo by Jeff LaSorsa You will most easily find the best larva for grafting – rearing queens from – by looking at the ones between unhatched eggs and larva that are too old for grafting on a frame of regular worker brood. Notice how easy it is to see eggs and brood on black plastic foundation.

This article was originally published in 2011, but because of the recent queen rearing field day I have moved it back to the front.

There are a lot of reasons why a bee keeper might want to produce their own queens – to save money, to propogate bees with particular qualities, or just because it is an interesting thing to do.  Queen rearing will probably elevate your understanding of honey bees to a new level.

This article is derived from a more detailed one on my blog  – Beginner to Beginner Queen Rearing.

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Grafting / Queen Rearing field day next Wednesday

Queen rearing is a method(s) to efficiently produce multiple honey bee queen cells and grow them into mated, laying queen bees.

We are hastily organizing a field day for the purpose of grafting / queen rearing to be held at the TTU apiary – 4:00 PM Wednesday May 29  – we will be meeting at the picnic shelter at the HyderBurks Ag PavilionGainesboro Grade, Cookeville 38501.  Everyone is welcome – everyone must wear at least a veil.  Please be prompt, because we will move across the street into the apiary at 4:00.

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