Stingless Bee Intermediate
Natural hive duplication 2
Hive duplication is something I have always been interested in. The ability to make a new hive from an existing one means you can use any hive box to start your new colony in. The support offered by the mother colony means your new hive will not die out and work to the new nest is completed quickly. The hive box is also not susceptible to pests because of the sheer amount of workers that come from the mother colony.
One problem I faced, is that I am not as patient as some of the older stingless bee keepers. I want to see results and know that the bees are working at full capacity without fear of something going wrong. This method is one that I have been using ever since I got my first log of native bees. You can use a log and/or an existing strong colony of bees in a hive.
For the purpose of this post I made a video. You will need to spend more time making sure your natural hive duplication is looked after. This video is a guide only and does not represent the true amount of time it takes to do a duplication.
Hive duplication tips.
-Make sure you have an entrance tunnel before adding brood with a queen cell.
-Give the bees time to store pollen and honey for even better results.
-Make sure you new box is weather proof and doesn’t collect water. (Test with a hose)
-Be patient. Even though this method is very fast patience is still required.
-Wait till you see a tunnel and honey pots in your own duplication before adding brood.
-Brood should contain 2 queen cells to be sure your hive duplication actually hatches a queen
-A minimum of 1000 bees is required for this method to work. If there aren’t enough bees in your hive then don’t disconnect.