Today was a reasonably warm day and very sunny. I used the opportunity to split one of my beehives into two.
Here’s how that works.
I have a beehive that’s doing pretty well. To split a hive, you take a bunch of frames from inside the hive that have eggs and open celled larva and move it (and the bees on the frame) to the new hive. In a few days, week, the bees will realize there’s no queen and feed one of the larva royal jelly which will turn that bee into a queen.
I currently have 4 hives, the goal this year is to get that number to 6. As of today, I have 5. If I get another nice day, I hope to split another.
Thanks for the information LizMarr! I didn't know about the fact that bee allergy only kick in after the second sting. I'm interrested in the process of food making, from start till end. I just want enough honey to make some mead and have enough to go around the year. So africanized bees are not really worth the extra trouble for me. So I think I would go for the Italian bees. Maybe if I make self made pizza or pasta for them, they will become even more docile.
Sounds like I'd be a pretty badass bee keeper...
I have no problem with the thought of walking into a hive swarm and getting the shit stung out of me, I used to do that for fun with yellow jacket nests as a kid.
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