So I made a split from my best hive last week. I had wanted to do the regular fly-back method, but after searching through the entire hive TWICE, I absolutely could not find the queen, so I just went with a few frames of eggs/young larvae to let them make their own. Placed 6 frames total of brood and eggs, 2 frames nectar, and two drawn empty comb into a two-story 5-frame medium nuc with a reduced entrance, and apprehensively stuck a hive top feeder on it. Moved it across the yard.
Went back yesterday to check and of course, they'd been robbed out and it looked like the aftermath of a Game of Thrones battle in front of the hive. Inside the hive was pretty bad, lots of starved dead larvae. But there was still a fair amount of bees and a nice fat queen cell. I gave them another frame of brood and another of honey, and didn't bother refilling the feeder. Think it was a waste of resources? Assuming she emerges, does that queen stand a fighting chance? This is in the Florida panhandle.
And as you would expect, when I checked the parent hive yesterday, the queen was on the first frame I looked at. Typical.