I do not presently have any bees. I injured myself and missed starting this spring. I have assembled wooden ware for 4 hives using all medium 8 frame equipment. I do not have any drawn comb. It is getting late in the year but the goldenrod is still active here in Mississippi. I would like to keep the all medium frame format.
My " problem" - a friend has offered me a late swarm that he placed in a 5 frame deep nuc with all plastic foundation about a month ago. He has one of nine hives that are all medium frames. I would like take this nuc and convert it to medium frames. Would it be OK to take several frames of medium frame brood (with the nurse bees still attached),and several frames of honey/pollen and place them in my 8 frame medium hive, then take the 5 frame deep nuc, capture the queen and shake the bees into the 8 frame medium equipment and then replace the queen into the new hive. He could place the remaining brood and frames into one of his other hives so there would be no net waste of brood. I anticipate that I would likely have to feed this hive this winter.
My question is - would the nurse bees on the medium frames fight with the shaken bees that were dumped in on top of them?
Would it be possible to cut the deep plastic foundation filled with brood down to medium size without destroying the comb or causing the bees to abscond? I was wondering if you could then rubber band the bottom piece of the brood to other medium frames and use them too?
Alternate ideas would be welcome too!