Re: Split a new hive in the first year?
I've split a new colony that was hived from a package many times. It's not always great and a lot depends on the flow, weather, etc. You can't always predict what will happen. When I do a summer split I try to feed as if we were in a dearth (and we often are). I rarely let them raise their own queen if we're definitely in a dearth. I also prepare myself for wintering over in a nuc if I have to. The issue isn't getting a successful split, it's getting the split colonies to build up enough. When I take fall honey, I'll add a frame or so of honey to summer split hives if they need it to help things along.
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