Ok fellow Beekeepers, here's my situation, and I'm looking for a few different opionions on this. I'm sure I will get them seeing how every beekeeper has their own opinion.
I have just retired from the military, and haven't had very much time to spend with my bees through the years. Now that I'm out and working at my new career. I would like to expand my bees to obtain the most nucs that I can. I currently have my hives along the Gulf coast of Alabama so we have a very mild winter. I have recently discovered Michael Palmers Youtube video's, and I must say, What a magnificient learning experience! My question to you is: How should I go about breeding my own queens and putting them into nucs so that I get the max amount of nucs. My idea so far is to breed about 10-15 queens and start nucs with at least one to two frames of Brood, right now my two hives have two deeps of brood and two full medium supers of honey each, so supplying honey on the frame shouldn't be a problem. I plan on feeding heavy to ensure the bees can build wax on new foundation. After I do this what should I do with the rest of the season, how would you go about creating more nucs?