Wow, am I totally brain-locked!
Where I'm at:
10 booming double deeps, no honey supers, no mite treatment yet.
What I'm thinking:
Split the doubles, kill the queens, let all 20 generate new queens, go into fall with mite controlled, and a chance to make it through winter with 20 good colonies.
What I have:
All the drawn comb I need in the way of brood and honey supers. Six bee yards. Plenty of 5 frame nucs. 30 full frames of honey in deeps.
Should I kill the queens, split the doubles, walk away and add a double as soon as necessary in August?
Pull the queens with capped and uncapped bees, make nucs, split the doubles, walk away, add doubles in August?
Some variation of the theme but throw honey supers on the now-single and queenless deeps until the new queens emerge?
My mind is aglow with whirling, transient nodes of thought careening thru a cosmic vapor of invention!
I've tried to overwinter singles in the past and they all die, every time. They become honey-bound and there's no undoing that in August or September here in northern Illinois. For the most part, the flow is over.
So here we go:
Can I take that much capped and uncapped + a queen from potential splits without hurting the splits' chances for surviving and growing their own queens?
Will deep boxes become bound before the queen emerges?
Any advice is most welcome!