I'm a second year beekeeper and I'm down in the southeast where we've had some really warm weather the past month. One of my hives was booming, so I added a second deep to that hive so they would have more space. A few weeks later this hive had mostly filled out that deep and had begun to construct swarm cells. Not wanting them to swarm I decided to split the two deeps equally with the idea that I would keep all the swarm cells in one and the queen in the other, hopefully making them think they had swarmed or at least encouraging them not to.
Here's the issue, I tried pretty hard but I just couldn't find the queen. What I ended up doing was leaving the two split deeps (both have eggs/brood, and both have at least a couple queen cells). My question is, what would you do now? I obviously don't want the hive with the queen to swarm anyway. What would be a good indication of the queenless one? And should I just attempt to make another "fake swarm" with the queenright one? Or just go in and cut any remaining queen cells that were already there?
Thanks for any advice!