I just got a nuc from a family member down in southern California. I'm going to want to split in the spring so I can have more resources should one have a problem. The bees I got are very well tempered, but have an older queen. Are the local drone genetics down in the San Jose area good and mild to let them grow their own queen without getting mean bees?
I have hives there and I know other Beekeepers with hives and they're all fine. They seem to re queen themselves easier there than up in SF.