Re: Splitting and not moving new hive
It works doing splits into a nuc with brood frames, queen cells and nurse bees attached without moving them away to another yard so I don't see why that wouldn't work just splitting a hive in half making sure all the queen cells go together in one box with mostly nurse bees and then feed both splits.
I'm going to do it this spring along with making up nucs and see what happens. The problem I have here in SF is that it's so foggy it's really not the ideal mating weather so I've been using mated queens for a faster build up but I don't like paying for them when the bees can make there own.
My opinions are based on a decade of beekeeping, book learning and watching YouTube videos.