My dad gave me a queen so I made a small split for it. The queen was put in a push-in cage Sunday over a patch of emerging brood and nectar.
It is a tiny split as I was unable to locate the queen in the huge parent hive ( my only other hive) and didn't want to risk accidently brushing her into the new hive. There are only a few hundred bees in there. I added one frame loaded with nectar and pollen also so they don't have to worry about foraging for now.
Next Thursday my dad is bringing a nuc box containing a swarm he caught from his own hive. I haven't seen it but it probably takes up most of that box so that will solve the underpopulation problem.
What would be the best way to combine the two so that the queen is accepted by both groups of bees?
(Presumably the split queen will have been released and accepted by then).