Thanks to some help from this board, I was able to find some late season 5 frame nucs. They should arrive by mail (not sure how good that will work) early next week.
My plan is to transfer the frames into my awaiting new 8 frame hives set up with top feeders. Then when appropriate add the second brood super.
Is this a good plan? Our daytime temps are in the upper 80's (headed to 90's) and nightime temps are in the low 70's (SE Texas) so I am not too concerned about hive temperature.
Any suggestions? Anyone had any luck with mailorder nucs?
Considering your temps right now, maybe you could just put them in two eight frame boxes if you want. They should fill one fairly quickly.
I do tend toward keeping them a bit crowded at first so they don't have to expend a lot of energy trying to maintain the temperature in the hive. If you do put them in just one eight frame box, I'd check in a couple of weeks and see if they need more room.