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Native Bee Hive Duplication (or Hive Eduction) - How its done...

We generally split our hives from October until Christmas in order to create more hives and collect the honey. One of our hives died during the winter this year. It seemed to have had some predator get in and destroy the hive from the inside. We cleaned it out and then popped it in the freezer for three weeks to kill any eggs or bugs that might be still living in corners. It was the wrong time for splitting a hive and with a spare hive we got to thinking about duplicating a hive. The top half of our original hive of native bees has been on our patio for about four years now and its the parent of many a strong hive. We have seen hive duplication in our bee books and on the net but had never tried it. And so, one sunny afternoon - we decided to try it...

Here's what we did...


The original hive has sat on a north facing shelf under the eaves of the patio for around the four year mark. We have split it every year using the traditional method of cutting it in half and replacing the to…
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