Re: How many splits from 1 hive?
I split one hive 1:6. One mating nuc got robbed out so I ended up with four splits and the parent. Made two splits from a hive that swarmed and left me a bunch of queen cells and made two mating nucs from a hive that was an overwintered nuc. It all depends on how fast the bees build up in the early spring. I started feeding heavy in January with syrup and pollen sub, but I am in Richmond, VA so your timing will be different. My plan is 3 to 20 + for this year. I am 3 to 12 now. Queens are all from cells the bees made, no purchased queens.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.