Thanks for the info about splitting on your website Michael Bush! The main flow here starts about june first. Some of my hives are getting pretty strong,(lots of sugar syrup) and I am running out of drawn comb for them to expand up into. It is still cool and wet here, very little flying weather. They dont seem enthusiastic about drawing new comb and I dont have new queens so I want to reduce the chance of swarming by splitting my largest colonys. Ive been reversing, but dont fully trust that a colony wont swarm without a capped honey reserve overhead. I dont want hives eight feet tall either, so I want to do cut down splits on my biggest hives on May first, and two weeks later cut down a few more hives(putting most of the honey and pollen, the queen and open brood in the new split, except one frame of eggs, of course.) Is that timing ok? Also, do you feed the new split? for how long? and how long does it usually take for the new split to get the point where they are ready to draw comb and to expand into a new box? Thanks! Paul.