I have an overwintered colony with a really good queen. There is a lot of brood, including capped drone, but last Friday when I added a honey super, I did not see any drones.
Tomorrow is a good weather day to split; I plan to take the queen, with 6 or 7 frames of brood, honey/pollen stores, etc. to a different yard, and leave behind a frame with very young larva and/or eggs with one of the 2 7-frame deeps and also leave behind the honey super.
If I look for and find NO DRONES, I am wondering if I should wait to split. I appreciate your comments regarding this. I am NOT adding a new queen, but letting the bees make their own queen.