Last spring, I got a package of Carnolians and they have not been very nice. I'm sure it didn't help that it was hotter than Hades and there was very little rain during the summer. I thought they might be nicer this spring, but it doesn't look like it. This is my third season having bees, but I am still not a very good keeper. I've heard people say that requeening this hive might make it calmer. I need to have a calmer hive, so that I'm not afraid to open it up and therefore, find every excuse possible not to open it.
Here's what I want to do:
I would like to take the one hive, split it into two and let of the two splits requeen themselves. Do you think that is a good idea? I don't really want to buy new queens, but I would rather buy them than have my hives die or swarm. How long should I let them be queenless before I would need to add a purchased queen?
I have done some research on this, but haven't really found what I'm looking for. I just want someone to tell me if this is a stupid idea, especially for a rookie, or if it is an ok experiment to try.
Thanks for taking time to read this post. I look forward to hearing what you all have to say!