I am located in SE North Carolina - the flow is long over here and our fall flows are pretty skimpy. I have lost a couple of my hives for unknown reasons but still have several hives and one of them is exceptionally strong. Is it too late to do a successful split ofthat hive and how do I go about it ? I have never done one this late in the season and robbing appears to be especially bad this year. Should I purchase a queen? Should I feed them?
On a related question I also captured a swarm a few weeks ago that has a very small population but has a good queen. How do I get them beefed up in order to make it through the coming winter ?- Should I feed a weak syrup with an internal feeder?