I was doing a search on the forum on splitting the brood nest, but alot of the posts were concerning preventing swarming, which is not an issue in my case.
I have a 10 frame hive that overwintered fine and has approx 7 frames of bees (frames covered in bees that is. I noticed yesterday that the queen was laying a very good pattern, and that the brood area was two frames of just about all capped brood. The queen had not expanded beyond this, but clearly needed a place to lay and could not find it as on these two frames in any cell that was not capped were multiple eggs. I did not want to be too disturbing, so I added an empty frame next to these to frames. Rather than the queen getting a chance to lay in it, the bees that already one day later filled the comb with drying nectar, which is what was in the frame there previously.
So today I was a bit more drastic and separated the two brood frames and placed a drawn out empty frame in between.-- We don't have any very cold nights in the forecast so I think I will be alright in terms of chilling the brood.
This is going to work as an effective way to increase the queens laying--I can always put the brood nest back together tomorrow if I find out by anyone here that this could be a big mistake (we do have maple blooming now plus the hive has a feeder on it as well)
Let me know what you all think