I started two hives this year. One is strong ( 1 1/2 deeps of brood chamber) the other one lost the queen and was queenless. So I ordered a Queen to put in the queenless hive. That evening a local beekeep called and offered a small (half pound?) swarm and queen he had just caught. I installed the the swarm in the queenless hive the next day. Five days later my Queen arrives but was dead since it probably sat at the post office over the weekend. When the replacement arrived, I figured it was an opportunity to try a split off the strong hive. I took three frames of bees and brood from the strong hive and put them in a deep along with the queen in the cage.
I'll check it in two days to see if the Queen has been released. My Questions are; 1)Is three frames the right number for the split. 2) I didn't have a NUC box, so I used the deep. Will this cause problems? 3) Should I have done something differently?