I want to do a split around the middle of March and try the @Michael_Bush walk away.
I tried a split in Spring last year but separated the split by about some 300 m (yards). I saw plenty of brood, pollen and honey in each box and put branches in front of the entrance. I did not see (find) the queen and did not know which hive she was in.
The hive at the original location was hostile for weeks and I suspected it to be queen-less but this hive survived and thrived and has the flow super on and will produce honey in the next day or so.
The hive in the new location was docile and I thought had the queen,and initially seemed to be thriving but did not survive.
If I see there is at least 2 frames of brood, one frame of pollen and 2 frames capped honey in each 8 frame Lang box can I do the Bushy method by taking the top box of a 2 brood box hive and placing it beside the bottom box (on a new bottom).
Should I take two new boxes and doll out some from each of the 2 hive boxes so that there is and even(ish) split of frames from the top and bottom boxes in each of the new boxes. I would be reluctant to stir up the bees by going this way unless it was the clear best way to do it.
The separation distance I am guessing at 75mm (3"). Sound about right. (Edit : measurement)
In Bushy’s book P348 he says “put a bottom board on the left facing the left side and one on the right facing the right side.” Does this mean each entrances will face one another separated by the space the old hive occupied or each will face in the direction the hive originally faced. Being a bear of little brain, my thoughts are taxed to the hilt here.