>1.) Am I too optimistic to make a split of a hive that was just started this spring? (I assume not because I have had a swarm my first year of beekeeping from a new colony but I thought I would ask.)
That depends on the bees. If they build up strong enough you might get several splits. If they don't you won't get any.http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm#earlysplit
>2.) When is the best time to do this operation in New England (Massachusetts)? I was planning on doing the splits around mid June.
I recently read an article in Bee Culture saying that making splits around early July is best but I am really unsure of the best time. I could use some help on this one.http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm#earlysplit
>3.) Any other thoughts/concerns/advise? http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm