Hate doing splits. . .have a hard time seeing eggs and when I do, I don't have much luck raising queens from eggs. . .but looks like it's necessary. Despite the cooler, cloudy weather, and the fact that I added a box last week, this hive is still bearding like crazy. I would add yet another box, but there's no more room. David put a 6' ceiling on the enclosure and since the girls are on 21" stands to keep them out of flood range (and our last hurricane they still flooded out by 6"), they're maxed to the ceiling. I even took off the top vent and just went back to the regular inner & outer cover and the ventilation provided by them! I've got 1 deep and 4 shallows on there (2 shallows in the brood area and 2 above the queen excluder as honey supers), so I'm hoping one of the brood shallows will have eggs in it and I'll use that as the split and give them a brand new deep box. Or would it be better to split the contents of the deep box between the two and give them each a brood shallow? Thoughts, please (yeah, I know. . .ask 5 beeks a question, you'll get 5 answers. . .but they all help!). Figure at the same time I'll follow Iddee's advice and give my two weak hives a frame of eggs from each of my strong hives (the one I'm splitting being one!). Is that advisable, or should I just take two frames of eggs from the other strong hive I'm not splitting? Thanks for any advice you might proffer. I could stumble through, but it's just so much easier asking you all.