Well I started out with only 3 hives in the back yard and 7 at the farm not a big problem. I have now had to do splits and now have 9 hives in the backyard alone and will have a number of queenÂ’s ready soon or so I hope (the queen cells are capped). At the rate these bees need to be split my urban yard will soon be engulfed in bees. I plan on making new colonies by waiting for the queens to hatch and mate then capture them with the bees in the nucs and make new colonies by splitting frames of brood and bees from the big colonies at the farm and combine . The only reason for this transfer of bees and queens only is to avoid transfer of disease as chalk brood has become prevalent and also I can kill any varroa by using a sugar shake on the bees from the nucs. My question is how do I do a sugar shake and how do I get a queen to go into a queen cage? I would just transfer the frames and bees to the farm but disease and a desperate need for drawn frames at my home bee yard make this unpractical. I have seen on the internet a video of people knocking the bees off a frame into a container which I guesses could be used to do the sugar shake but I am unsure of were or how I should do this any advice would be greatly appreciated.