3rd year beekeeper going into late winter with 4 very strong 2 deep hives.
I would like to expand the hive count to 10 or so.
On hand are:
7 more complete top to bottom hives
9 5 frame D. Coates Nucs
I plan on 3 nucs being allocated to swarm traps
I have 2 new queens arriving early May.
I have researched walk away splits, brood splits into nucs and cut down splits, all manner of splits. Maximizing honey production is not imperative. Selling nucs is not on the table. Nectar flow here is usually diminished by June and most definitely over by July. Swarming commenced on March 13 last year.
With these resources available, what would you do to double the hive count?