Hey folks, I have a wild queen that I would like to keep genetics from. she is such a proficient layer that I split her hive 4 ways on the 30Th of march. I gave her and 2 Sunkist's about 2 frames of brood a piece. and left the majority of a 2 hive body colony with a Sunkist cordovan queen. She has out layed them and now fills 1 deep, 1 shallow and is half a medium above the queen excluder filled with honey.
I have 6 hives but only 2 with enough bees to harvest honey this season, hers being one of them. I want to do a split with her hive however late splits in this area are very hard to build up as we have virtually no fall crop.
I was thinking of taking her and a couple of frames of brood and making a new hive and leaving the rest of the hive and foragers to make a new queen and produce honey. Is this a good idea or will this greatly effect the Honey production of her now existing hive? Thoughts please. Brad