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Why do we have to split hives?

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Why do we have to split hives?

Both my hives overwintered successfully so far and I read that second year colonies will try to swarm. But why can't we just add honey supers instead of splitting one hive into two? Wouldn't that give them extra room so they don't feel the need to swarm?

Even though I would sell the split, I don't feel like getting new boxes and frames just for that and I don't want my current queens to be sold off in a split (the original queen always goes with the group that's leaving, right?). New queens might not get mated or they might mate with drones that will pass on negative traits to the colony such as aggression, low honey production, etc.

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