How do you split a beehive? The usual way is to prop one end of the hive on light sticks. This allows space for the bees to fly out and when they do, you move the light sticks quickly, creating a split between two hives.
This is a guide that will teach you how to split your beehive and all its parts. After reading this step by step, you will have a better understanding of how to go about splitting one. You will feel more comfortable that you are doing the right thing for your bees.
How to Split Bee Hives
Beekeepers often need to split their hives to keep the bees healthy and happy. While this seems like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be!
The first thing you’ll want to do is divide your hive into two halves. You can do this by moving the outer frames that contain honey or pollen into one box and leaving empty frames in the other box.
You’ll also want to move any queen cells into one of the boxes as well. If you have more than one queen cell, you may want to leave them both in one of your boxes until they emerge so that you don’t end up with multiple queens.
Once you’ve separated your bees, you can start feeding them! Make sure that each of your hives has at least two frames of honey or pollen for food. You should also add some fresh water and cover the entrance with a wet cloth so that your bees don’t get dehydrated while they’re waiting for their hive mates to return from winter hibernation.
Beehives can be split to create more honey-producing colonies.
1) Beekeeping equipment, including a hive tool and veil
2) A smoker (optional)
3) Beeswax foundation sheets (optional)