Advice for scaling up
Everywhere I go locally there are businesses who would love to sell my honey. My problem is that I sell out within a week of harvesting. My harvests are usually less than 100 lbs. I had 4 production honey hives this year (12 hives total). The rest are younger 1 or 2 year old hives. I'm torn on how to scale up. For starters I'll ask this:
Which would yield more production honey hives?
1) Requeening my non-production hives with production queens to propagate those strong genetics to the rest of my smaller hives?
2) Or splitting my production honey hives this Fall (they all have 4 boxes of brood area so I could do walk-away splits and probably still have double the number of production hives coming into next Spring)?
~12 hives from feral colonies since starting in 2010. All medium Langstroth, narrow frame, foundationless, TF. Zone 8a.