Re: Question for experienced beeks please - using single deeps for honey production i
The above is from Tenbears.
The hives I wanted to split and produce honey I would wait until the cusp of a major flow, do a split to a nuc in which I would place the queen, a frame of brood, a frame of stores and 3 empty frames at least one that is drawn. Shake in plenty of extra bees. then move it to another location, In that way it does not loose foragers and grows much faster.
Be sure there is ample eggs and newly emerged larva in the parent hive. When the bees discover they are queenless as long as it is available, they will choose larva of a day old to draw a queen from. I go through the hive in 8 days and destroy all but 2 or 3 of the best looking queen cells. These hives will produce surplus honey. Reduce swarm risk and give you a split all in one.
I do the same.
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