Re: Splitting a hot hive?
I have the same issue. As I understand it, most of the "hotness" comes from the drone side of the mating. I split mine into 3, keeping the original queen in a smaller hive (I cut it down to a single deep with a queen excluder to keep her population manageable, still loading in the honey) and allowed 2 to raise queens. The 2 splits have calmed down and are reasonable to handle....NOW the jury is still out on their honey production. I saw an article recently that said that if you put an entrance reducer on a hot hive it will often calm them down considerably. Going to try that too and see if it helps.
20 hives, 10 years, T and TF, All local stock