Budding – Hive Duplication

This article follows the progress of two Budding Hive projects.

 

I made a couple of adaptor tubes to connect the existing boxes to the new boxes.

  1. One is using the Utility Box – Build article here
  2. The other using the Outhouse – Build article here

I waited til late afternoon when all the bees had returned to the hive, cleaned the front surface and screwed on the adaptor plate…

This is the connection between the two boxes…

The yellow box has the existing colony, it was in the front position, i moved it backwards and put the new Outhouse box in front so now the new entrance is in the same location as the previous one so, though the bees will be a little confused about the front door being changed, it’s in the same location.

The bees were a little confused by the change of entrance but are getting the hang of it…

For the moment i have only connected the boxes and the bees are entering and exiting via the new boxes. I don’t want to disrupt them too much during the colder months as they’re less active and possibly have less resources. Once it warms up a bit i might transfer some brood to the new boxes.

 To be continued..!!

This article is under construction – return for updates!

 

Options:

  1. Leave connected and let the bees do their own thing. It can take quite a while for the bees to create a second colony. Many months to years. They may even block off the new areas until their old hive box is completely full. Once the old hive is full they may create a new queen for the new box and soon after there’s new brood you will need to disconnect the hives.
  2. Transfer a few layers of Brood to the new empty box. You will need a strong colony from where you’re removing the brood. The bees will start building structure around it and maintain the new brood. Hopefully a new queen will emerge and the new colony will continue. Sometimes it may be required to put more brood in over time for a second try.

 

Update 08/10/2017: Budding Kit connected in June 2017. Minimal activity over the colder months. Now October and the bees are really getting busy in the new box. This box is using the side entrance. The photo below shows a honey pot being created, lower center of photo. 08/10/2017