Re: Spring Splits?
You cannot maximize both honey and bee production. Buy three extra queens and split the packages in half to start six nucs. Give each nuc two drawn frames to get started on and feed like crazy. Leave the one good hive to be your production hive. You will get some honey and at least six more hives. If they do well, you will be able to split the nucs again in May or June and go into next year with 12 or more nucs. Or hive three and split three. Regardless, you should not plan on honey from any of the packages if you are trying to produce bees with them.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.