Updated: Feb 28, 2021
Simple Hive Increase
Splitting hives is one of the easiest ways to increase your hive count. This method is especially perfect for those who wish to split close to the honey flow, as it does not overly weaken your donor hive. These little increases expand rapidly and will store fall honey provided they are well fed and are not made up to late in the year.
Remove from your donor hive: 1-2 frames of capped brood covered in bees and place it into a nuc box.
Shake another frame of bees off the brood into the nuc box. (Make sure the queen is not on it)
Add 1-2 frames of honey/pollen
Place either a queen or queen cell in between the brood.
Feed 2:1 sugar syrup.