First year beek here. I had two hives. One of them was extremely strong. Filled a deep and two mediums completely after having been installed from a 4 frame nuc at the end of March. Well, today, after thinking about it for weeks, I split the colony. I found and marked the queen in the lower medium, and set it aside. I took two brood frames (mostly capped; no eggs) and put them in another deep with 8 other non-drawn foundationed frames. I also shook on some nurse bees for good measure. I put the medium with the queen on top of this and put it in the same place as the previous hive. I took the deep box, added two empty frames to replace the brood frames I just removed, added a full honey super, and moved it about 50 feet away. This one will have to raise a queen.
This hive had superseded about a month or so ago, so I know they're up to it. They are very gentle and great workers. I barely used any smoke, and didn't get a single sting with all that moving around. I'm not planning on feeding either hive. We're still in a good nectar flow, and they've got loads of honey to work with. I figure the queenright hive is going to be busy building out deep comb, and the new hive is going to be busy raising a queen (should be laying around July 4th weekend if all goes well).
Did I do this right?