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Can I combine a small swarm with another right away?

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I retrieved a small swarm yesterday at a friend's house, and the bees seem perfectly happy in their new home. However, it is such a small swarm that I have doubts about it building up fast enough on foundation to be strong enough to winter. I have another swarm hive that's drawn about half the frames in their box. Can I immediately combine the two with the new one on top separated by newspaper, or should I wait a couple weeks?
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