Tomorrow I will be doing my first ever split. I have a single hive, looks healthy and strong enough to be split, well I will confirm that tomorrow when I will open it up in 3 weeks. I will be using the 'walk away' method, since a queen is not available. I have read and read about splitting a hive, though some basics are a common factor in every read, such as colony strength etc. some others suggest other confusing theories, like moving the nuc far from the original colony or otherwise, keeping the nuc entrance screened for a day or two......and the lot. So here is my plan: Open the hive; locate the queen; take a frame of honey, a frame of capped brood and a frame of eggs/day old brood; move these frames into the nuc making sure the queen is on the other 7 frames; make sure that there are enough nurse bees to cover the brood; brush extra nurse bees from a frame off the mother colony; close the nuc and feed both nuc and hive. then some good praying for a week or two..... any suggestions?