Re: Installing a New Package in an Old Hive
I would store the honey frames in the freezer for now and leave the brood box out as a swarm trap. Also, call the Sacramento Beekeeping Supply store and put your name on the swarm retrieval list for the Roseville and Citrus Heights areas. You will get lots and lots of swarm calls and therefore free bees! Make sure you have lots of boxes built to put them in. When you start getting the swarms, give each one a frame or two of honey from what you have stored in the freezer. I have a feeling it's going to be an early swarm season this year. Good luck!
I've been keeping a few hives for the past 20-25 years, and no longer treatment free as I got tired of the losses.