Since another thread was getting highjacked and I have a question about the split issue that came up, I decided to start a new thread. Here's what Michael says on his web page:
"An even split. You take half of everything and divide it up. Face both of new hives at the sides of the old hive so the returning bees aren't sure which one to come back to. In a week or so, swap places to equalize the drift to the one with the queen."
what does "face both of the new hives at the sides of the old hive" mean?
Is it like three hives jammed together all facing the same way? One empty and two on either side facing the same way with the split frames in them?
They are positioned as if setting around a table, facing each other.
Or does it mean the old empty hive sits in the middle and the two new hives face each other with the old hive in between?
Or do you remove the old hive altogether once the split is made and put the two new hives side by side facing the same way as the old one was?
Linda T in Atlanta
You removed the old hive once the two splits have been in reversed position for a few days.