I am sure there are posts on this, but I wanted to get my specific situation and get some opinions on what I have done and what I should do. I inspected my strongest hive (my other hives are new and just starting to build up), and we are just starting our main nectar flow here in Georgia.
About a week ago, I added a medium honey super with drawn comb on top of the medium and full size brood boxes with a queen excluder. I also put some honey on top of the bars of the honey sup to encourage the bees to enter up into the sup. When I opened the hive there were a few bees in the honey sup, but not many and nothing stored in it. On the bottom of every frame in the med brood sup that had brood on it were swarm cells. I cut out all the swarm cells that I saw. I also removed the queen excluder and added another honey super to give the bees ample room.
Have I passed the point of no return and need to do a split? What kind of split? Any suggestions so I can get through the main nectar flow without half my bees flying away?