I am trying to decide which way to go here, make up a few NUCS or split the strong ones in two.
Last spring finished my second year keeping bees and the first year bringing hives out of winter with success. I thought I was keeping a close watch but didn't realize how fast things could change on a flow.
I didn't super early enough and had several swarms, most of which I caught. So I did in effect split last spring.
I was't prepared from an equipment standpoint and it was a hectic time. This year I have constructed extra deeps and mediums with frames to go with them. I have the extra bottom boards and tops too.
I would like to create some increases of a planned nature and have 5 queens coming from Johnny Thompson the end of April to that end. I have 7 double deep hives, 1 single deep with a medium, and 3 NUCs all doing well so-far. Three of the double deeps are looking considerable stronger than the others but none appear to be in poor shape at all.
What are peoples thoughts on splitting? I realize its a trade off between increasing the number of colonies and getting a harvest at some point.
In addition I may need to take some action before the queens actually arrive depending on how the spring weather and the flow come on.