Combining a wonky cut out comb hive onto a proper hive
A woman has honeybees in her house and was ready to kill them. I did my first cut out and it was a chore! Somewhere in the process, the queen bit the dust. There was larvae and I figured that IF the queen did die, they'd make a new one. Well, they didn't.
Now I want to combine the bees in this hive with another queenright hive. The trouble is, the cutout hive has all sorts of wonky, comb that I would rather eliminate.
I could shake them into a fresh super on top of the QR hive. If I did that, what would happen to the bees that fly and are no where near their old hive location? Do they make nice and join a hive or do they die looking for a place to live?
The question is what to do, and the answer, as always, is complicated by a muddle of reason, emotion, and doubt.