I know, 2 different techniques, both need tons of bees. Given that the hive which will have the hopkins frame above or will become the starter/finisher does not have enough bees:
Can I shake bees and/or put in frames of bees (without a queen) from any of my hives into the same box? I would bring bees from 4 or 5 different hives together. They won't fight?
I should know this, but standing there, looking down into the box, thinking, "that's no where near enough bees", I couldn't remember if it's ok to just pack the box with bees from any hive that can offer them up.