I'm keen to get the most number of hives (20-30) in my apiary as soon as possible (without purchasing hives outright...).
I'm looking to split my strong single (well, single deep+ideal) hive in the next couple of weeks. I'm hoping this will give me a bit of a headstart
I'm willing to buy mated queens and buy some pollen (if it is required) to make up some patties, as well as feed sugar syrup.
I now have an urban site where I can keep two hives, so that may help.
I'm looking at putting single nuc hives into 10 frame deeps with a vertical divider board, which should allow me to easily expand their space frame by frame as it
is required (and saves on having seperate nuc boxes).
I'll also of course be laying swarm traps as well.
Is this the right strategy to increase my hive numbers? Can I expect to gain much by adopting this, rather than just waiting until spring (or whenever
the forage starts becoming available) and doing splits then and let them take care of everything?