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Just found that one of my hives is queenless, and has virtually no brood (capped or uncapped) and all of the cells look to have nectar/syrup in them. This hive was started from a package in April and is still on one deep with about 6 frames fully drawn. I am trying to decide wether to order a bred queen or combine them with another slow grower that I have, and I am leaning towards combining. Any suggestions on that would be appreciated. but my main question is, what if anything I need to do about the cells being filled with nectar/syrup, before I add the queen or combine. I dont have any empty drawn frames. Will the bees empty the cells to make room for brood, or do I need to do something to empty the frames?

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"...empty the cells to make room for brood..."
unless i missunderstood, you have a 10 frame brood box with only "... about 6 frames fully drawn..."
if you combine, they will draw out the other 4 frames for brood as they need'em.
 

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Thanks for responding Mike. The other 4 frames are in different stages of being drawn and again what has been drawn is being filled with nectar/syrup. I know there will be SOME room on these frames but not a lot. The hive I would be combining with is still a single brood box.

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i'd do a newspaper combine. check'em in about a week-if the queen is laying really well in a couple weeks,consider a split.
good luck,mike
 

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Do your newspaper combine but move the drawn frames with honey to the outside and new frames in the middle or directly over the current bottom brood nest.
 
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