Kind of hard to put a simple subject on this question/group of questions.
Anyhow here goes. Second season for me, both hives appear at this point to have survived the winter, are looking for forage and actually finding pollen this morning.
I plan on splitting both hives at the appropriate time, not yet. Planning ahead. Do not want to buy queens, I have a pair of good ones, albeit one hive is less receptive to my mishandlings. I am mildly allergic to stings so I must avoid them. Crap, I hate to wear gloves. One hive, the Italians, I can do whatever and they are nice and chill, don't sting my hands. On the other side, is the 'Mutts' hive, which has some very aggressive guards, and if I accidentally mishandle a frame, I get stung so fast it isn't funny, not even land on me, just flat nail me at first touch. Usually they don't get in a stinger so my reactions aren't too gawdawful bad. Anyhow, that requires gloves which causes more mishandling and just upsets the whole hive. They will sting thru the leather gloves so I have to wear the vinyl/neoprene ones.
That grouchy hive put out twice as much last summer as the other hive, well worth the anger. We can walk up to the hives and not be bothered, walk by them, even pets are pretty much ignored unless they mess with the opening, so they aren't terrible.
Now to the series of questions now that the scene is set. First, by splitting, I will induce not only mating with drones from the 'hot' hive, but the mellow hive and any other hive in the DCA, correct? This in theory will chill out the new queen in the aggressive split? How much 'chillin' can I possibly expect? Will I loose out on the good stuff on the hot bunch? Will it make the mellow hive split more aggressive and what are the percentages of that? I have read all the published stuff I can find regarding splits and stuff, but there seems to be little information on just what percent of what transfers to the new queen and her populace.
I should quit whinin and just learn to live with gloves....but heck I might learn something here.
Edit: Should I get drone frames in the 'hot' hive so that when I do the split I can reduce the number of drones from that hive?