Part of deciding if your Australian Native Bee Hive is ready to split we need to know how strong the colony is doing. Without having to open the hive we can get a rough idea of the strength by the weight. The total weight will give you a good indication of the size / strength of the colony inside. What we are looking for is 3kgs of nest mass inside. If we know the weight of the empty hive we will be able to understand the size of the nest mass.
For example if your empty hive weights 5 kilograms, what we would want to see is a total weight of 8 kilograms before deciding if it is a good time to split to mother hive.
Below is a list of common Australian native hive designs empty weights.
Honey Super – ABeeC Hives – Australian Native Beehive 25mm – 5 Kg’s Empty
Two Level – ABeeC Hives – Australian Native Beehive 25mm – 4 Kg’s Empty
OATH Honey Super Hoop Pine 25mm – 5 Kg’s Empty
Two Level OATH Hoop Pine 25mm – 4 Kg’s Empty
Mini Honey Super OATH Hoop Pine 25mm – 4 Kg’s Empty
Mini OATH Two Level Hoop Pine 25mm – 3 Kg’s Empty
Cypress Pine OATH Box 50mm – Honey Super – 8 Kg’s Empty
Cypress Pine OATH Box 50mm – Two Level – 6 Kg’s Empty
Tony Goodrich style hive – two level – 4 Kg’s Empty
Hemperfyed Hives – Hemp Native Bee Hive – 8 Kg’s Empty
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