Focus: package/nuc/swarm, breed, etc.
Ted, I have had them move into an empty that was new. So that is not always true. Chances are it will not happen, but it can (right place, right time).When you first get your hive you need to know that an empty hive will get no bees. It must have been previously used, or have at least some honey in it to get wild bees to move in. Place a jar of open honey in front of the empty hive .
I believe nucs would be the way to go. It's so much simpler to put in the hive and not having to worry about releasing a queen, since the nuc has a laying queen and brood in various stages, it's so much farther ahead the 2-4 pounds of bees with a queen that won't be laying until 4-6 days after installation.Focus: package/nuc/swarm, breed, etc.