This is how I like to do topbarhive splits. Its a pretty good ensurance that the hives are split in a balanced method. I don't liek to take all eggs and give to split, I like to have bees emerging in all stages for both hives to ensure donor hive isn't completely robbed of a workforce and the new split is constantly getting refreshed with new young bees and only has a few weeks of lag instead of a few months and then a population explosion. Its better to have bees of all ages in a hive. Bees of different ages do their jobs better. When bees are forced to do things early or do young jobs when old, they don't do it as well. They do it fine, but not as well.
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