I have a hive with (5) eight frame boxes on it. It is full of bees with capped brood. Last year I was able to catch my first swarm in a hive trap, and so I didn't fare too bad. But this year, I would prefer to split my hive before they decide to swarm.
There are drones in the hive, and they are creating more drone brood. When should I split the hive? I read on Michael Bush's site that I could divide up the hive evenly and face the new hives toward the old hive location.
I have never done a split before, so any advice is welcomed. Thanks in advance for the help.