I recall someone referring to the golden mean hive as the golden swarm machine (actually just looked... "Golden Swarm Thrower" was the verbage) based on how small it is... In any event, if you can make a nice even split with fresh eggs in the queenless portion... why not? That's more hives to possibly make it through the winter. You'll have to consult local folks as to exactly when your flow is around your part. We are just starting to get rolling well here from what I can see, but I know California can get very dry in the summer, so that's something to consider.So it's been 50 days since install, and holy crap, they are drawing out the last two bars in the hive. No honey comb so far, and it's looking pretty darn cramped in there... I've seen beautiful brood patterns (when compared to what I see from others on what a good brood pattern should looks like) and they are multiplying like crazy. I had originally thought that my TBH was a lot shorter than what I've seen, but when I calculated the volume, it was right up there with the longer ones (this one is wider than most; it's the golden mean hive from backyard beekeeper). Here's what I think I'm going to do, but I'd like to get some advice.
I have a 10 frame lang that I want to split them into. I am first going to check for queen cells, but even if there aren't any, I can't seem to think they will ever NOT be cramped in there at some point. I was going to pretty much "cut out" the comb and rubber band it to the frames. 5 frames is what I've read I should be using, and in my part of the country, we'll be warm up until Oct/Nov, so they should make it (plus I can always feed them with my frame feeder). I'm only concerned because a) I've never split a hive and b)I'm not even sure if I SHOULD split them. Bottom line, I want what is best for them, but I really can't grasp how they are going to maintain themselves in the TBH considering the space I see them taking up at this point. should I split them? Too late in the year? Obviously, if I see swarm cells soon, I probably should, right? I'm just way to new at this to be confident. Thus far, they've controlled their environment, while I just watched and made sure they stayed on the bars in the right direction.
Best of luck and let us know how it goes! I'm planning on moving some of my TBH nucs into 10 frame deeps here in the coming weeks as well.