My queen is doing well, this is day 42 and there is one frame of good brood pattern since last weekend when 2 other frames had spotty brood. This is the one I want to populate with more bees soon as the nights are getting cold and I'm afraid not enough bees to keep the brood warm.
Next to QC is a hive I thought was doing well, full of bees, 2 deeps, last weekend I did not look at the bottom deep. I just went into all deeps and am 'deeply' disappoint to see it is all honey, pollen and a few drone cells. No sign of brood anywhere, no queen cells. I looked again and took each frame out (lots of cross combing) and nope, no larvae, brood and what could be the start of a laying working (again!)UgH!
I don't really want to try and have them raise a new queen this late in the season or steal brood from my strong hives to do this. I do want to combine them and need to make decisions. Do I combine with my QC queen or am I risking her getting killed? They are next to each other.
How would you all do it? And I've never caught a queen before... I rarely can even spot them!
How would I go about getting the queen castle combined with them? I do know about paper combining for hives.
Or I could combine that hive with one of my other two and just keep building up the nuc in the QC.
thoughts? thank you! K