I have a top bar observation hive I use to raise queens in. This last time the bees abandoned the queen cup and I found a bunch of drone brood layed in the worker cells. I gave them a small frame of new brood, after emptying them out across the yard from their usual location, which they raised but did not form a queen. I'm assuming the laying workers made it back to the hive and were preventing the bees from making a queen.
So I dumped the bees out again and replaced the comb with comb from 2 hives that are loaded with capped brood, some eggs, various open brood, along with a bunch of nurse bees, and 1 queen cup. The nurse bees are really being attentive to the queen cup while not ignoring the other brood for the last 3 days. I think they will produce a nice queen.
Now the problem, the bees I dumped out of the hive are clustered around the enterance. I was hoping they would disperse. I need to open up the new hive soon but I'm afraid the old colony my cause a problem with the new hive. I have several other hives in the area. Should I try to mix them with another hive? Or should I drown the mass of them? About half of them are drones.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.