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Abbé Warré's book
swarming or splitting colonies
Warré describes two methods for making increase by artificial swarming or splitting colonies on pages 98 to 101 of Beekeeping for All.
The second method is used when two colonies are strong and prepared for division but just one split is made. As a result, the second colony loses all its foraging bees to the benefit of the new colony created. We could say that with this second method, the shock of splitting is smaller for all colonies.
Here we add some examples of splitting as described by members of the Warré beekeeping Google (formerly Yahoo) e-group.
John Moerschbacher (Alberta, Canada)
It isn't really necessary to find the queen. One just has to know which box she is in when the split is made. This is somewhat less drastic a manoeuver than Warre's way of finding her (page 102 Beekeeping for All..
1. The box that you want to take away for a split is placed in
the top position on the hive. Make sure it has brood in all stages and some honey. Make
sure also that there is brood in the box(es) to be left behind.
Adam Christiansen (NC, USA)
In the first warm spell in February, I feed my bees honey syrup
and pollen patties (from pollen and honey collected from them last season). This
stimulates the queen into laying. I run my Warre's on half frames (see for example here).
This advice has been compiled by various members of the Google (formerly Yahoo) e-group https://groups.google.com/g/warrebeekeeping