I may have to do a combine of a five frame NUC into a larger hive (two deeps and a medium) to facilitate late queen replacement. I have a piece of plywood that fits the top of the 8 frame hive with a cutout that will seal up the nuc at the bottom. A couple of pieces of newspaper and a couple of days and the nuc should merge with the 8 frame hive.
My question is how do I clean up the mess of having a five frame box sitting on plywood on the top of an eight frame hive??
What I mean is, how do I get the bees out of the five frame box so I can get the regular top on the hive? Do I just set the five frame box on its side at the front of the hive? Do I have to give the 'combined' hive time for the five frame bees to orient to their new hive first? What do I do about the resources and brood in the five frame box? Am I better off putting these five frames in another deep on top of the hive with three frames of foundation?