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Splitting Today

I wrote this to someone that asked me about splitting today when they asked me when is the best time to get a queen. I get questions like this quite often and thought it would be a good thing to share. The reason people want to split in mid may is to take advantage of the swarming response that time of year so the hive will make its own queen but when you allow them to make their own queen you loose 28 days of egg production in that hive. When you ad a queen you only loose 4 days of egg production.

The best queens you can get will be the ones that are bread between June 15th and the middle of July the early queens are sometime not as good as the ones that are made in mid June because by that time everything is up to snuff in the yard by then and the nectar and pollen flows are at their best and there are tons of drones. The reasons for making queens earlier is just for the reason of having to produce them to get nucs out because people don't want to wait for some reason. they get in a big hurry even though by waiting they get better stock. If it were doable what would be the best to do would be just make 250 nucs all at once in mid June and get them all out in a week. Some producers don't put out any nucs until mid June but they are usually small operators. So in my opinion is if you can hold off until mid June you are better off but it is up to you.

If it was me and I was a honey producer I would get my bees booming and put on a third deep super and just let them work their way into it and let them bulk up with bees then in the second or third week of June just skim off a whole box of bees with pulled comb and ad a queen. that way I would be getting a queen produced in the peak of the breading season and I still have a double brood chamber that I can just throw a honey super back on and I have a single with a new queen that I throw the second box on and in 3 weeks or so they are ready for a honey super. So by mid June you have your honey supers on the original hive and then by the first or second week of July you have honey supers on your splits. People always want to split in the early spring which is ok because most of them leave their bees to make their own queens but if you are adding queens (which is a better idea) better to let them get huge in 3 boxes before splitting because that way you aren't weakening you original hive to the point that it won't make honey until later.

Hope I didn't just confuse you more.

~ Scott Ferrier


2019 Posts
Aug 9 - Taking off honey
July 20 - Swarms ...
July 19 - Needing Queens
July 17 - Pesticide Free
July 9 - INSECTICIDES!
July 9 - Not Posting Much
June 28 - Walking Around
June 5 - I have proof
June 4 - Ireland's grafting box
June 4 - Working in the rain
May 29 - Actually 3 Queens
May 28 - Lots of calls and emails
May 24 - Just Workinng
May 19 - Setting up mating nucs
May 11 - Beeyard Mishaps
May 10 - Pollen Collection
May 7 - Large Shipment
Apr 17 - Unwrapping My Hives
Apr 3 - Small Load
Apr 1 - Cracking The Lid
Mar 27 - Can't Wait
Mar 23 - Splitting Today
Mar 11 - List of our Meetings
Mar 9 - Making Their Mark
Mar 9 - Sign of Spring
Mar 5 - Start Needing More
Feb 24 - Beginner Beekeeping
Feb 23 - About This Yard
Feb 22 - Couple Dead Hives
Feb 8 - Different Stages
Feb 6 - Comb Is Gold
Feb 1 - Shovelled The Snow
Jan 29 - HORDING
Jan 23 - BEES! This Is The Time ...
Jan 23 - List In A First Come ...
Jan 16 - These Two Yards
Jan 16 - Test Building Looks ...
Jan 8 - The Day and Age
Jan 7 - The Time of Year
Jan 3 - Nucleus Colonies
Jan 3 - Shared Posts
Jan 2 - Colours Used
Jan 2 - Multi Colour Queens
Jan 1 - Happy New Year

2018 Posts
Dec 17 - Gift Certificate
Dec 14 - Santa Bees
Dec 9 - About Bees
Dec 6 - One of the farmers
Dec 6 - Gift Certificates
Dec 2 - Already Beekeepers?
Dec 1 - The Chirtmas Draw
Dec 1 - Dec. 2018 Winner
Nov 28 - Wrapped
Nov 25 - Something Looks Wrong
Nov 17 - Change the Order Form
Nov 17 - Evaporator For Sale
Nov 17 - Letter to share
Nov 15 - Almaguin News Artical
Nov 15 - Creating quite a buzz
Nov 1 - Nothing Funnier Than People
Nov 1 - November Draw 2018
Oct 28 - Two Are Better Then ...
Oct 28 - Does Size Matter
Oct 25 - Building A Plan
Oct 5 - Honey Extraction
Sept 28 - Taking Orders 2019
Sept 22 - About My Fencing
Sept 22 - A Little Emotional
Sept 17 - Bigger Fence Charger
Sept 13 - Missing Fall Queens
Sept 10 - Ordering Nucleus Colonies
Sept 5 - Another Shipment
Aug 30 - Honey Super Off
Aug 24 - Two Laying Queens
Aug 20 - Maple Syrup Equipment for sale
Aug 17 - We have honey for sale!
Aug 16 - Shake A Honey Super
Aug 5 - Kearny Ragatta 2018
Aug 1 - Info On Bees
Aug 1 - 600 lbs
July 23 - End of the Line
July 21 - Driving By
July 13 - I Was A Sight!
Jun 26 - Helper
Jun 18 - More Queens
May 29 - Wipper Snipper
May 20 - Grafting larva
May 9 - Spring Made Easy
May 3 - Pulling Nucs
Apr 18 - 100 hives
Apr 19 - Their own profits - reposted
Apr 4 - Throught the feeder hole
Apr 4 - Opening a hive
Mar 29 - Distractions for pictures
Mar 22 - What if bees disappear?
Mar 20 - Save the Drone Bees
Jan 4 - Trip to Sudbury

2017 Posts
Dec 14 - 4 Frame ... Colonies
Dec 11 - Gift Ideas
Dec 9 - Cozy Winter Coat
Dec 1 - Christmas Month Giveaways!
Nov 15 - Winter Coats
Nov 11 - Powassan Bee Meeting
Oct 10 - Honeybee Nucleus Colonies
July - Video of Home Yard Supplies

2016 Posts
Feb 15 - BEGINNING BEEKEEPING
Nov 14 - Increased Orders

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