I am hoping to get some good info here. Watched Michael Palmer's lecture on sustainable apiary and am really wanting to get away from buying bees in the future. Beekeeping started with my 12 year old daughter 2 years ago with 4H and we had 2 hives last year. We would love to start rearing our own nucs, but have not been able to over winter any hives in 2 winters. Last year her hive died in April and 2 hives are dead already. Next month we are getting 2 nucs from a beek in California and 2 packages from Georgia. Our intention is to requeen everything. Getting a caucasian queen, one from Lauri Miller and 2 Buckfasts from Ferguson in Canada. My question is, could I in June take a frame of brood from one hive and one from another and combine to make a Michael Palmer 4 frame nuc? I can grab a honey frame from a dead out...would it hurt either hive? Either that or there is a possibility of me trading with another beek for a couple of frames of brood. I would either let them raise their own queen or get another buckfast.