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Splitting a colony

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You might decide that you want to split one of your colonies into two. One reason might be that you have a strong colony and you would like to increase the number of hives in your beeyard.
Splitting a colony is usually done from the beginning of July and a mated egg-laying queen is introduced into the queenless split hive.
When you begin to make a new colony from an existing hive, you should first find the old queen of the existing hive to make sure that you don´t don't put the new queen in the same colony with the old one. Keep in mind that it might be difficult to find the queen of a strong colony. To avoid the time-consuming search for the queen, you can just divide the colony into two parts:
The method used in Finland consists of the following steps: