Re: How many first year splits on 1 package?
The answer is none. You can either grow bees or make honey. Very rarely can you do both off of a nuc with 5 drawn frames in the same year. A package with no drawn comb, a small window to use the flow to build comb, lay eggs, hatch brood, split to force them to make more queens, with less workers, to make less honey to use said resources to build more comb, to lay more eggs, to hatch more brood.
Marshall has a great bee club, are you a memeber?
Bee management is like a flowing river, persistent and ever changing.