7 th year Maryland beekeeper, 2 to 10 hives depending on how lucky- greedy I am or how much effort I put into them in October.
5 nucs and 4 colonies went into winter, Queens are all less than 1 yr old.
only lost 1 nuc.
largest overwinter hive in 4 mediums, packed full this spring,is meaner than 2 tomcats in a trash can!
One nuc is a little defensive and I have a buyer for it. The rest of the hives ignore me during inspections.
Question is, from other more experinced beekps, will it tame the mean hive down by doing the flyback split Lauri describes, is it wait and see, ?
Or should I consider a different approach?