Re: cut down splits
i tried one on a pretty strong hive this year. i think my timing was about right. this hive is probably about a week away from having a new queen. so far, i can't see where they have made more honey or drawn out more comb compared to other hives. but there is a lot of nectar backfilled in the one deep and two mediums, and i'm hoping that when they get their new queen, all of this nectar will be moved up and result in a lot of honey.
the three frame split i made from it three weeks ago has already filled up one deep and got it's first super today.
disclaimer: novice beekeeper here who knows just enough to be dangerous