Re: Splitting and not moving new hive
I've actually combined hives, (the queenless on top) without newspaper only because I couldn't find any to use. They were more confused than anything else, no problems. I've also taken brood frames with nurse bees on and have just placed them into a weaker hives
with no problems. I didn't know you weren't suppose to do that. (Of course you make sure the queen is not tagging along).
My opinions are based on a decade of beekeeping, book learning and watching YouTube videos.