All nine hives made it through winter. Ye Ha! Temperatures have been in the 40's and yet the bees are flying around several hundred yards away from the hive. Today the face of the hive was full of bees sunning themselves.
I have 18 frames and a frame feeder in two supers on each of these hives. I Ordered 20 queens to make splits at the end of April. If I understand this correctly, I will take 2 frames of brood, 1 frame of honey/pollen and 1/2 the bees and place them into the new hive. I'll let the new hive go queenless, close it up to prevent drift for 2 days and then introduce the new queen. On day three I will open the entrance reducer and monitor the drift. Does this sound like it will work?