How to split a bee hive
There many ways to split a bee hive, maybe as many as there are bee keepers.
Here is how we do it with a boughten queen.
Search the top box of a double deep hive to make sure the queen isn’t there, and to make sure some brood pollen and honey are there. Set them off to the side.
We set a double screen board on top of the bottom hive, it also has the entrance to the top box, which faces 180 degrees to the bottom mother hive entrance.
I then set the second deep on top of the first one. Remove one frame, spread a couple out a bit. I then install the queen cage between the two spread out frames and push them together.
We then close it up for 4 days. Once the queen is released, laying a good pattern and the night temps are over 45F we remove the top box.
If you like to build your own.