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Looking for advice on splitting

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Looking for advice on splitting

I have a Russian colony that is a monster. 2nd year queen, i cozied them down to one deep in early March and since then they’ve drawn out a 2nd deep, drawn and filled 3 mediums, and they’re working on a 4th. Currently have 12 deep frames of brood. But they’re mean as shit and easily my toughest hive to work.

I’m thinking that in a few weeks at the end of the flow i pinch the queen and make late splits. I don’t want Russian hybrids (i’ve heard they’re even meaner). Should i introduce queen cells from one of my other colonies? Any issue with Russians not accepting queens from non-Russian colonies? Bite the bullet and let them raise from their own stock?

Zone 5a, mild dearth starting mid-July

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