lets make a plan.
i lost many hives from bear attack in western Greece and now i am left with 20 hives (lost 4 more from winter losses)
all hives are 3-4 frames population insulated and many of them started already laying.(first eggs out of winter)
hives all have patties on top, are on tires (ground humidity protection) are facing towards south (frames are pushed towards the sun) and all are treated with amitraz strips for varroa.(a month ago)
last year they all were 10 frames (4-5 frames brood) near start of april.this year the winter was warmer .
i am thinking of feeding them as much syrup i can 1 to 1 ,putting in them the already builded frames i have (130) and when they get 8-10 frames make a split.
then keep feeding syrup again 1-1 and inserting combs to build and when they get sufficient again(i hope to get again 8 frames in july ) split again.
how is this for a plan.?
i can also source apis melifera queens (11 euro each mated) or big queencells(3 euro) to speed the increase up.
i am open to suggestions , my dream was to make 100 hives and in octomber get pine honey(pines here give like crazy in autumn)
i already have 100 spare hives (painted wih frames but no combs yet)
bear did destroy mu last years split increase which was 3 out of each one(very high risk i took back then but most of them succeeded )