My third post here looking for some clarification on splitting now.
I have two hives, both of which made it through the winter and are way ahead of where i thought that they would be by now in terms of the numbers of bees, eggs and brood in each.
I plan on reducing the hives through splitting, to create some room to grow to prevent swarming and at the same time requeen everything (original queens are likely 2+ years old). I am hoping to do it soon to have the hives settled before the main flow starts.
My plan is to split each hive about 60/40 so that each hive creates a new nuc, but the original is still stronger. My two main concerns are:
Can i requeen the original hive and the split when i do the split or should a wait a day before adding the new queens to both? And.
Can i keep the splits side by side or do i have to move them from each other? I understand that keeping them side by side is good for evening out the field bees but i am unsure if this is still the case if i have two queenless hives or two new queen hives...
I have been doing a lot of research on this and i guess i am looking for a more final say on the best approach to take.
Thanks in advance!