Splitting a hive is relatively easy to do but you have some important things to consider first. This is an activity most often approached by a 2nd year beekeeper and beyond.
A hive split is the simple process of taking 1 honey bee colony with a large population and dividing it into 2 complete smaller bee families. When done properly, both “halves” of the colony will grow into productive colonies. The process of hive splitting is not without risks. Some beekeepers split hives and end up with 2 dead hives. This is why it is a good idea to have some beekeeping experience under your belt before you split your colonies.
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JOIN US AT THE MAY MEETING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SPLITTING YOUR HIVES AND MANAGING SPACE
Our next installment of BK101 training, where you can practically apply skills for hive inspections, handling frames, opening hives, identifying queens, brood, eggs, etc…We recommend bringing a bee suit (or veil), a smoker (if you have one), and a hive tool. Bring a chair, as we may need to split trainings into teams and there may be a wait, to follow social distancing best practices. Please adhere to social distancing practices, wear a mask, and do not come if you are feeling ill or displaying any symptoms related to COVID-19. This is an onsite even held outdoors, we recommend that people from the Hampton Roads area sign up. Also, note there are no toilet facilities.
Located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, we are proud to be one of the oldest beekeeping organizations in the state. We boast an active membership of over 140 Beekeepers of all experience levels, we average around 80 members at each club meeting. We strive to work together to become better stewards of the honey bees we keep as well as inform the public about the importance of this wondrous little creature. To do this, we meet monthly and host a guest speaker to educate the group about different, seasonally relevant aspects of beekeeping. We also volunteer at numerous community events throughout the year to reach out and teach the public about the importance of honey bees in all of our lives. If you are thinking about becoming a beekeeper or just interested in helping honey bees, please join us at one of our meetings which are always open to the public. If you’re just curious about honey bees, our members have a wealth of information and experience that we always share. If you’re thinking about becoming a beekeeper, come to the meeting and find a mentor. It’s never too early to get hands-on experience by apprenticing under an experienced local beekeeper. Stop in, share our passion for bees and nature, and enjoy some coffee and snacks. We look forward to seeing you!