Re: Split Question
keep in mind, I am still a new guy ....
I think the concerns would be if there were enough bees to keep the queen cells & brood warm. we still have some cool nights coming.
are these deep frames or mediums?
If mediums, a single frame is a pretty skimpy mating nuke, & it is a pretty long hike from mating nuke to viable hive to overwinter.
How many frames can be robbed from the queens nuc?
can you stack the mating nucs over boards with a screened holes in them?
I have tried mating nucs stacked crisscrossed ( but solid bottom boxes) so every nuc faced a different direction, but it was an out yard & I lost them all.
remember you will have to feed them too, nectar ( syrup) & pollen(sub/patty?)
In other words, I would probably try it, knowing the deck was stacked against.
use follower boards to reduce the size of the hive cavities, maybe even use bubble wrap to help with heat ....
or you might settle for one 2-frame split & one - frame split.
Good Luck ... CE
Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.