I have previously written about how I started my hive somewhat late in the season from a stressed nuc. That hive prospered in an 8-frame deep, which eventually grew to two 8-frame deep brood boxes. I never intended to harvest from this hive in 2017, only to let its population increase.
My plan for 2018 is where I’d like a little input: Once the nectar flow starts here in the Houston/Galveston region of Texas next year, I plan to split my hive. I’ve got a couple plans, one of which is aggressive, the other is conservative.
#1 — Conservative. I’m just going to separate the 2 8-frame boxes in a ‘walk-away split’. Later in the season, I might split off these boxes again.
#2 — Aggressive. Take 4 frames from EACH box and make (effectively) 4 nucs, in order to make a total of 4 hives (effectively a split both boxes) — one of which will have a queen. The other three will need to let nature take its course in making a queen.
I’m not against selling a nuc or two, either…
My goal isn’t necessarily to have 4 dozen hives — I think I want a total of 6 or so for now. At the moment, I just have one with 2 8-frame deep boxes.
I’m also going to be helping out my church’s apiary as it is in really poor repair and could be MUCH better than it currently is. They may be getting one of the splits to help them out a bit.
So what do you think?