RDY-B. Now, as I have said before, sleep does wonders for the mind and clarity. I was re-reading the post(s) of yours. It all makes very good sense now. I like the idea of the circle splits and I have one colony that I think that I will give this a whirl with this year. As I have said, this is now my year for experimentation with ideas that make sense to me -- and this one does. This colony that I have in mind is the stronger of two that are gangbusters. These two colonies have always been very strong, the others strong too, but not as such as these two.
I do not have any nuc boxes. But what I have done when I have made a split before was to close up 1/3 of a deep with a thick styrofoam insert. This reduces the size of the deep to that of a nuc, this allows me to move the styrofoam over as the number of bees increase, and to add a frame, when needed, eventually removing the styrofoam completely. This works well, I have tried this one other time and it saves to eventually having to transfer the bees to a deep later. Thanks for taking the time to explain more deeply to me what you were talking about. Have a great and wonderful day, Cindi