Thanks all for your advice,
2 days ago, I split my 1 deep brood hive and took 3 brood frames, 1 nearly full and capped honey frame and 1 new foundation frame into a 5 frame nuc. I then added the queen cage to this nuc.
I then placed this nuc in the original position of the original hive and took the original hive with 4 new foundation frames to another site.
I was told the original forage bees would return to the nuc and increase the hive numbers at the end of the day.
I am concerned that I couldn't find the queen in the original hive and this hive had very little brood. I would say less than 100 cells in the whole hive.
I do have lots of shb so am hoping this hive is not dying.
I will check in a few days to see if the queen is out of her cage and laying.
The weather is really ordinary here at the moment. Windy, rain every other day and this morning was a low of 4 degrees.
Not the best climate for a split but we live and learn. When i ordered the queen the weather was 25 degrees days and hadn't rained for a month. I got sunburned clearing the site for the hive.
Now I'm typing in a thick parka, track pants, 2 pairs socks, boots, just had a hot cuppa and am still shivering.
Hope the girls are warmer then me.. Brrrrrrrrr