So I want to split some of my strongest hives with minimal honey production loss. I was thinking of splitting 8 mega hives on my rooftop apiary by taking out the queen with brood and honey frames into nucs and introducing mated queens into the original hive. (I have a good source of local queens). I would let the hives make their own queen but we have an unusual problem in San Francisco. It's so foggy and windy that virgin queens often don't make it back to the hive after mating or fail to mate properly. By making up nucs, they would have plenty of time to build before winter. Another reason for doing it this way would be to head off any swarming. Any better ideas would be appreciated.