Re: Splits.. do and dont
I would never wait for a swarm to prep a split. What I'd get out of that is a swarm. You can get multiple splits from a single hive but a lot depends on your weather, your food sources and your queen. If you manage your colony well, you can generally get at least one split although you won't have giant colonies when you're done. Again, location is everything. I've seen colonies 5 miles apart in completely different circumstances relative to how they build up. For me, the tipping point is when I'm not sure if the new split or the donor hive will build up fast enough to get through the winter. If they don't I lose two hives (100% loss) instead of keeping one (100%) success.
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