Re: 3 deeps = successful overwintering?
Making splits depends on your local circumstances.
- What is the weather bound to be like between now and mid-April in your area?
- Are you doing a walk-away split, letting them raise their own queen? If so, do you have drones yet?
- Are you going to introduce a new queen to the split? If you're doing this, is the hive full of bees, pollen, honey?
I have taken a two-story (deeps) colony full of bees, and divided the colony in half, set the existing queen deep on the original location, added an empty deep for growth. I introduced a laying queen to the split, moved it to a new stand, added an empty deep for growth. Bingo! Two strong colonies that built up fast and gave me a surplus that year.
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