I have been reading from several beeks that they are planning to use the summer dearths as time to make splits. I have four active hives plus four empty hives that i planned to use for splits...I've never done this before (I am fairly new at this). First question is why is the summer dearth the time for splits (I would think it very hard for a new colony to make their queen and draw comb and do all the things they need to survive the summer). Am I looking at this all wrong? Any explanations or help will be appreciated. Second, I assume I need to feed all the colonies 2:1 sugar syrup and pollen patty until the next flow...I am in North Florida...anyone know when that fall flow should start? Thanks for any insight.