This is my first time making a split. I ordered a Sunkist queen and she is due to be here tomorrow or the next day. I thought my weaker hive was queenless...that is why I ordered a new queen to begin with. I have two existing colonies in good health. One is stronger than the other. Oh, and this is my first spring...I just started beekeeping last year. My strongest hive (8 frame deep with three mediums) (tons of bees) has a daughter queen from a late fall swarm (from a Russian) and the other hive (8 frame deep and one medium) has a Russian queen that came with my packages last year.
My question is how do I make the split while maximizing my situation? I would like to have a crop from stronger hive this year. I know the Sunkist are known to be profoundly heavy layers and I don't want to short the new queen on space to grow. I want to be good to the knew queen - I am really excited to have her! Should I pull the Russian out of the existing hive and put her in a nuc, giving the Sunkist that hive??? I have plenty of extra equipment. I would absolutely love suggestions. Thanks in advance for any help!