Hi, My name is Mike, I live in ND. I have been beekeeping for 4 years. 2018 was first try doing it full-time. My son-in-law and I bought out a beekeeper and took over his territory in addition to what we had. Honey production was OK, but dry weather hurt in July and August. We lost a high percentage of colonies at the end of the year and many were reduced, in part, I think by cold weather. We had a severe cold snap (10 degrees overnight for roughly a week along with a blizzard, close to a foot of snow) before we had a chance to ship them to California. Looking to build numbers back up this spring, looking for alternatives to buying too many packages. A friend suggested buying 2-3 frames of brood comb (for each colony) and a queen and give that a shot. any suggestions?