After reading about Rays success in bee yard growth I had to re-think splitting my hives. I started with two packages last year and both survived their first winter, and look strong going into the spring. Though, spring hasn't exactly sprung here in NY yet!
Anyway, I was told if I want honey this year, NOT to split. If I split the hives, the hives will essentially be building stores to survive the next winter. So, they probably won't have any surplus honey. This seems to make sense, but the hives are starting out much stronger and much earlier than they did last year as packages. (And, they had more than enough stores for the winter) So, now I am thinking they should be able to do both, be split AND be able to harvest honey.
What are your thoughts out there?