I tried my first walk away split last Monday 10th Sept, one frame of eggs, larvae and capped brood and one frame of capped brood with some pollen. All frames covered with bees plus I shook in one extra frame of bees in as well.
This was placed in new 8 frame brood box along with a frame of capped honey and nectar which was harvested from the parent donor hive three week previous and kept in freezer and a frame of open cells taken 2 weeks prior to that and four foundationless frames, two each side.
These were my pre-emptive swarm prevention planning (opening the brood) as I only have the one hive from a cutout December 2017.
I removed the robber screen after three days as I saw no activity at the entrance, second mistake, first mistake was not splitting into a nuc and turning entrances to face each other. After a couple of hours there was a mass of robbing so I replaced screen as per the photo this is the current setup.
I did a quick inspection yesterday (Monday) and located a queen cell just about to be capped, did not look any further and closed up the hive.
Today will be day 8 so I hope it is now capped, I have observed a couple of bees exit and enter the split, I also added a 1:1 bag feeder to the inner cover.
My guess is all the foragers have returned to the parent hive, should I close up the hives tonight and swap positions for a couple of days or will that cause chaos, or do I leave well alone and maybe add a frame of brood in a weeks time?
The parent donor hive is going gang busters but today the weather has turned a bit cool and I am worried the split hive will get chilled.