I lurk here often and love to read other's questions and the answers/solutions given and shared. Today I have a question for a change!
This was my first year of beekeeping, I started out with 2 hives and 2 packages of bees. One did not survive (it was weak from the get-go) but the other hive did very well, remained strong, and had plenty of honey stores for the winter. This Spring i know I will have to do a split for the first time. I am nervous. I worry that one "side" of the split won't make it, that I will do something wrong, or a queen won't get made in the queenless side, etc. etc. Should I just go on an buy a package of bees in case I screw something up? I really really want to get back to having two hives (and then more!). Or should I not worry about it and have faith that I will do things correctly, thereby having 2 hives of my "own"?