My current queen came with my 10 April package. I was told to requeen this year, but I'd like to see if she winters. In any event, I'd like to requeen in the spring,and I'd like to raise my own queen. I know that a split or nuc is how I will do it. Would you please see if these steps seem correct:
At a time as yet undetermined, but in the spring, split the hive. moving the queen with the split and leaving the original hive to requeen itself.
Remove the old queen from the nuc and introduce the inhabitants to the original hive.
Does this sound correct? what would you consided the appropriate time to do the split? What should I look for? - Mike