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Keeping it Simple/Lazy

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I am a rookie/hobbiest and have one (1) year old hive near Memphis TN.

If I can stand and watch plentiful, content and healthy Bees within 3-4 feet, I think this is a reliable indicator that the Queen is OK and I need not mess around with examining frames and squinting to see tiny tiny brood cells. I will make sure they have plenty of room. If they want to make a new queen that is ok with me. Let the dominant queen rule!

After the honey flow...I will equally split the hive in half, medicate both and take the new hive to the Missouri Ozarks.

Is this folly? What say you all?
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Thanks for all the good comments. I think if they need a queen, they can make one. I'm hoping for the "national average" honey crop this year
-about 40 lbs. I'll split afterward and feed feed feed. They will have the rest of the year to get ready for next winter.

As long as their disposition remains good...they have a good queen. Maybe I can get away with checking/smoking them every two weeks instead of every week like last year.
 
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