My brother and I split a one year old hive that made it through the winter great. Last weekend when we opened the hive we noticed queen cups being started everywhere, so we knew it would have to be split to keep the neighbors from freaking out over swarms. The one year hive, I will refer to it as hive 1, was only composed of one 10 frame deep, but was absolutely booming. The bees were starting to backfill the brood frames and the queen was just laying wherever she could. When we did the split we left hive 1 in its original location, and pulled 4 frames from it to start the new hive, hive 2. We did not see any eggs in any of the Q cups and since we couldn't find the queen we did our best to make sure each hive had at least one frame with some eggs on it (this wasn't difficult since the queen was laying in any available space). We added another deep to hive 1, since it still had 6 loaded frames and was left in the original position so we knew their population would still be fairly large with foragers returning.
Today, about a week after the split, I opened both hives. I'm pretty certain that the queen is still in hive 1 (they already built out one of the new frames in the bottom box and I could see eggs in the bottom of a number of cells on that new wax). Hive 2 had several supersedure cells (queen cells in the middle of the frames) nearly capped. All the frames that are originally from hive 1 are fairly well covered with bees, and there is a small amount of fresh comb being built on several of the new frames. Should I try to find a frame of emerging and capped workers from hive 1 and transfer that frame to hive 2, whose population looks to be about half that of hive 1, or should I just leave them alone? Temps in our area are supposed to be really mild for the next week at least, if not for the rest of the year. Our goal for these hives is for them to be healthy going into the winter, we don't really care about getting honey off of them.