So I did my first inspection two days ago and even though we've had a rough winter here in North Carolina, my colony of bees fared extremely well. I took the top deep off the bottom deep and found two full frames of honey left, and the queen is already laying because I found larvae in various stages of development. They're already bringing in plenty of pollen. And both boxes were loaded with bees who were relatively laid back during the inspection.
No swarm cells were anywhere to be found. But before they get the urge to swarm, I want to do a side-by-side split. I don't want the split to raise their own queen, I want to introduce a new mated Minnesota Hygienic in this split. The hives will sit next door to each other in the same metal stand -- so I want to make sure I'm doing this right.
#1. Take the two hive bodies apart (with the 20 frames).
#2. Divide the honey frames and frames with capped brood and nurse bees and dispense evenly among the two deeps.
#3. Take the frame holding the old queen (one year old) and put her in the newer hive (which will sit next to the current hive). This is also what is called a simulated swarm.
#4. Introduce the new mated queen in the current hive location -- and after several days -- after coming out of her cage -- she should be introduced into the hive and hopefully accepted. The remaining bees and new emerging bees should accept the new queen as their own.
#5. Feed syrup to help both colonies, old and new, start production.
I am asking some of you more experience beeks that's done this type of split to comment. I've been told this is the correct way to do it but I just want to get more feedback.