How To Divide Your Beehive In Two Parts
Keeping bees is an amazing thing that only beekeepers can understand. There is a lot of fun and challenges involve in beekeeping. One of the things that you can struggle with is to divide your beehive into two groups. It is really a confusing task to divide one beehive into two different beehives.
Today, we will tell you how to do this without any struggle and gift yourself one more beehive.
Before we go further and break the tasks into steps, here are some reasons why it is a great option to divide your beehive into two new ones.
· Dividing is not only about starting a new colony but it also helps you practice better beekeeping management.
· It will provide you with the options and if anything happens to the first one then you will always have the other to start over with.
· It will also prevent swarming as we will try to divide those bees which are supposed to leave the beehive and would have comprised the beehive.
Steps to divide your beehive into two new colonies:
1. Get your new hive setup
You will need everything that you have in your first setup. So be ready with the new setup before you start dividing them. Use new and fresh woodenware for your new hive as the colony can struggle to set in if that is not up to the quality of the hive they were in before. It is advisable to keep the setup similar to the old one for better results.
2. Choose the bees to divide
You need to look for the strong bees which can easily settle in the new hive. Try to take the frames of brood in all the development stages to keep the variety in the new hive. You need to check thousands of bees from different broods.
3. Choose the new queen
It is one of the most important parts of dividing beehives. You can let the bees decide their new queen or order a pre-mated queen also. It is advisable to get a mated queen for your new hive as it can take care of the new colony easily. When bees choose their own queen, you may end up losing a lot of queens in the process.
4. Set up the new hive
After selecting the queen, you are ready to set up the new beehive. Try to keep the setup at an idol place so that they can easily settle. Just put the sugar syrup in the beehive once the installation is completed.
Dividing a beehive can be an interesting thing if you are well equipped and have the required knowledge. You can easily follow the steps and the recommendation to successfully divide them. Having a new colony is really a great thing as the new queen can help set up the colony and help you get your second beehive. You can also take the help of a mentor so that you don’t make a mistake and end up losing your bees.