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Beekeeping spring tip. Should you split? Should you add more boxes to prevent swarming? If your nights are not going to dip below 40 degrees (f) and your colony is overcrowded, consider making a split by transferring 4 or 5 frames of larvae (open and capped), honey and pollen to a new hive box. Feed this new hive 1:1 sugar water and pollen patties. If both hives have eggs, it doesn't matter which hive the queen is in now. The queenless split will raise a new queen. To help with swarming, it is best to move 4 or 5 frames as described above with the old queen going over to the new split. This can cause the established colony to lose any swarming tendencies because they now have to raise a new queen and draw out 4 or 5 new frames.
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Maybe you lost your hive last winter. It can be confusing trying to figure out why your bees died. Now it's time to learn all you can about getting your hive through the winter before it's too late to take action.
Certified master beekeeper, David Burns, has written an eBook covering topics such as: fall preparation, mouse protection, mite reduction, wind blocks, wrapping hives, heating lights, winter feeding, insulation, moving hives into buildings or shelters, the biology of fat bodies, the timing of a new fall queen, pros and cons of double walled hives, dynamics of both Langstroth and top bar hives in the winter, the winter cluster and more.
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Did you know Honey bees fly 55,000 miles to bring us 1 pound of honey. During a honey bee's life (about 40 days) a honey bee will gather about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey. Bees must visit 2 million flowers to gather 1 pound of honey. How many bees are in a 3 lbs package of bees? About 10,000.