I am babysitting a hive for a lady in my area and there are a few things that I would like advise on.
The hive is doing really good. I fed them 17 days ago and they took a whole bucket of 1:1 which of course, motivated the queen to lay. She is laying really nice with a lot of eggs, larvea, and capped broop present. When I visited the hive, they had a ton of bees so I put on a super. Anyway, these bees are REALLY mean too. Even with a lot of smoke they were nasty.
Sooo... I would like to make a split in hopes that it will prevent swarming. We are having crazy weather here and I think that it might be a bad and early year for swarming.
I have queens ordered but will not be here until may. I could split the hive and let them make there own queen. However, if I split in say... the middly of march, than the new queen might be laying around the end of april. Than I would just replace her with the new queen.
Or I could wait until the new queen comes, split the hive and interduce the new queen. The only risk is that they might swarm. Maybe... maybe not.
I am leaning toward waiting until the queens come but I would like to hear other opinions too.