I am getting my new queen Friday and I planned on making a new nuc to start a new hive. I have read about doing this but have never done it and I am kinda nervous. I plan on putting 1 frame capped brood, 1 frame of brood in different stages of development, 1 to 1/2 frames of honey and if possible pollen, and 2 frames of empty comb. Is this correct? If I dont have a spare frame of pollen, do I really need it until they get foragers.
My question is if I get the queen Friday in the afternoon, when should I pull the frames from the other hives and let them sit queenless before I insert her into the nuc?