Re: Walk-away split question
here's a good reference for splits:
if you scroll down you will find 'cut down splits'.
that's the one i like to use. my variation is to take the queen and three frames from the donor hive. i try to get a good mix of honey, pollen, and brood on the frames. sometimes i'll shake some bees in if needed to end up with enough to cover most of the three frames.
this leaves the donor hive nice and strong and it will have the resources to make a good queen. a smaller queenless split doesnt' always produce a good queen. the queenright split will take off nicely because of the flow.
so far i haven't had a donor hive swarm after doing this. i know i am just before the main nectar flow here by watching for the tulip poplar blooms getting ready to open.
journaling the growth of a (mite) treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives