Hi - I have three first year hives, one of which became queen less and has a laying worker. I've decided to simply shake out all the bees from the hive and let them disperse, presumably some joining the other two hives. What do I do afterward with the equipment if I need to store it till spring? Is it too late to then make a split to refill the hive?
Some detail: All three hives have two deeps. The LW hive's deeps are almost entirely built out and are loaded with stores of honey and pollen. Both of the other hives have lots of stores and 2 honey supers. One of the two is very strong, the other less so as I believe it has a mite problem (that I will treat this week with MAQS). I decided not to do a newspaper combo with either hive as I don't think its worth the risk that the LW hive kills the queen.
Ideally I'd like to make a split and repopulate the LW hive, but I fear it's too late in NorCal? I don't have ready access to a new queen. If not, I'll store the equipment till next spring. I can harvest the honey, would I just store the frames with pollen in bags with mothballs?