I'm guessing I'll have a swarm on my hands before long, but wanted to get some advice. One of my hives is a really strong hive that I got last summer off a swarm. It was my strongest going into the winter and as soon as the weather warmed up it started building up so I put another deep on it with new foundation. The bees have now pulled like the middle 3 frames of the new deep and now putting honey at the tops of the frames but have put capped drone comb in the middle lower part of the center frame. So I dig deeper into the lower brood chamber to find about 7-8 swarm cells (at the bottom of the frames). I know I put the top deep on in plenty time I feel and it has now queen excluder so I guess they just want to swarm? I checked all the cells and all but 2-3 have holes in them so either a queen came out or they never used it I guess. I have a good bit of drone cells, capped brood, and open larvea in the bottom. Alot of bees both workers and drone already running all over the hive. I didnt see the queen today but feel that she is there, she hasn't been replaced since I got the hive last summer so with it being a swarm she may be older, but has laid ok from what I see.
My question is would you just do a split with some of the queen cells I've got, and if some queens did hatch and are virgin queens in the hive would they have already swarmed or do they hang out until the queen mates and then swarm? Sorry for such a long post.