Can I split?
I have a pretty strong hive that has large orientation flights on almost a daily basis. During the last inspection there was honey, capped brood and even a bit of drone brood. I didn't do a full inspection though. Since things are really picking up here as far as nectar availability in South Florida I would like to do some splits and expand my apiary.
Could I split this hive without finding the queen? Basically make sure that each box has enough brood and honey to raise a new queen? This would be to circumvent ordering a new queen. Any advice on how to do this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Re: Can I split?
You could do it without finding the queen. A better way imo is to find the queen. Take her, 2 frames of cap brood and all the bees on those frames and build a nuc. AKA a cutdown split http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm The queenrite nuc will build up fast and the queenless hive will be better able to build a good queen than an even split would. The brood break on the queenless side might even make you more honey while doing it.