I keep 11-12 hives of bees. Over the winter-time, some of them usually die for one reason or another. This year I lost 4. Compared to a lot of folks, that is a pretty great survival rate, but I sort of like having a full compliment of hives. Most years I make splits where I take some bees from a “booming” hive and put them in a new hive box (i.e. from the hive that died). Depending on the year, I add a queen I get from a breeder or else I add a queen cell that I find in the original hive.
This year we ordered packages from a supplier in NC. My in-laws drove down and back this weekend and picked up 4 packages and 3 new queens in addition. On Sunday we installed the bees, made splits, requeened and generally had a good time messing around with the bees. Installing a package of bees is about the simplest thing a beekeeper can do, but new beekeepers often panic at the thought of dumping bees from a box into the new hive. I figured I would video tape my hiving a package of bees so anyone who might want to have a look can see how I do it!