>I have been reading lot on splits. I was wondering how many hives you can successfully split out of the original and still get a crop?
It depends. It depends on how well the original queen is doing. It depends on WHEN you do the splits. It depends on the honey flow that year. How heavy the flow is. WHEN the flow is. But as far as COUNTING on doing a split and COUNTING on getting a crop, I wouldn't. I've done quite a few splits on a hive in one year before and these are factors I think that played into being able to do that:
o It was froma package and the original package and all the splits were done into minimum sized boxes so the bees weren't too stressed warming the brood.
o It was a young prolific queen in the hive (which was from a package).
o All the splits and the package were done on wax coated PermaComb so the bees didn't have to draw any comb.
>If anyone has any experience in this, please let me know! I want to get as many hives out of my original as possible, but want to get a crop this year also. (Want my cake and to eat it too!)
If you want one split and a crop that's very doable IF you time it just right and do it just right. In fact one split at the right time can increase the crop significantly. Any more splits is always going to cut into the crop.