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Native bee hive split

Time: February 9, 2019 from 10am to 11:45am
Location: Dianne and Graham's house.
Event Type: free
Organized By: Andrew Cumberland
Latest Activity: Feb 10, 2019

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Dianne's hives haven't been split for quite some time.  I'm happy to chop them in half for her, swap a few box parts around and generally try to help keep our Ozzie bees alive and well. We also thought that some folks might like to have a look at hive splits in action.  Be warned, I am no expert, but I have done a few splits now.  My aim is to try to reassure new native bee keepers that they don't need to be scared of the process. 

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 10, 2019 at 21:44


Comment by GayleD on February 10, 2019 at 20:34

I was planning to take the mesh off when they've had time to fill the hole so it's not so open to predators. In this heat I wanted to get the tape off the new ventilation hole. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 10, 2019 at 19:27

Gayle - take the mesh off the second hole.  They will normally choose one over the other.  They'll seal the excess whole but not completely in case they need to open it for air. 

Comment by GayleD on February 10, 2019 at 19:02

Thanks for the vote of confidence Christa. I hope I live up to it.
I've done a blog post with it in its new position
Bees seem happy enough.  They have a flyscreen on their ventilation hole.

Comment by Christa on February 10, 2019 at 16:20

We are pretty sure you will become a good beekeeper Gayle.  As they say, go forth and multiply. 

Dianne had fiesty little bees, they had not been disturbed for a few years and were really full boxes when they were split.

Comment by GayleD on February 10, 2019 at 9:01

Many thanks to Dianne for the bees, Andy for doing the split, and Christa for the loan of the bee book.   New hive installed.  Tape taken of this morning and they are beginning to explore their new territory.
on an upturned pot under the tree by the back fence. 

Shaded from midday and afternoon sun, some sun comes through in the morning. I've put one of my shadecloth tunnels on its side to shade that on these very hot days

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 8, 2019 at 19:58

Address has been sent. Let me know if you don't have it. 

Comment by Christa on January 26, 2019 at 12:09

Should be interesting to see the full hives at work.

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