When your hive starts making drones in the spring, what does that tell you? That they are ready to requeen or swarm? Or is the presence of drones just part of all brood cycles?
Also, do you need to be concerned about genetic diversity when you split - i.e., having other unrelated hives & their drones around to mate with your new queens?
I posted earlier today about my recent split - might want to see those details for more info... Thanks!