I have had 2 swarm traps out for a while now. I refreshed one with lemon grass oil today, and set out a deep with some foundationless used frames also with lemon grass next to the 3 colonies...
It was 1 year ago March 3rd that my prime hive swarmed. Hopefully I have averted my 3 colonies from swarming as I put on and empty about 3 weeks ago, I am going to inspect tomorrow to see if they need more room or if there are any swarm cells.
I am mulling over the walk away split thing...hhhmmm. May I make a split with an 8 frame? How many frames of brood/honey/empties should I place in a box to do this???
How do you want to spllit, in half, thirds, quarters? Another way is to take a single frame from several hives to make the split, that way you keep the parent hives strong and can build a stronger split at the same time. The genetic diversity is also ensured that way. You can split any 10, 8, or nuc if you want to, the principle is the same each time, just less frames to work with unless you're doing the multiple colony split.