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I have a hive that has no eggs or capped brood. Population had dwindled considerably. I'm assuming I am queenless as I didn't see her either so I ordered a new queen today.

My concern is I have two more hives where I installed 5 frame nucs 4 weeks ago. They are going strong, but not sure if they are strong enough to use a frame of brood from them or not.

And would the frame need to be capped or open?

Any suggestions on the best way to approach this?

Thank you in advance!!
 

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Any suggestions on the best way to approach this?
Loan the dwindled hive a frame of open brood with attached nurse bees until the queen arrives. When the queen arrives, leave the nurse bees with the dwindled hive but return the frame to the lending hive. (Check for queen cells on the frame.) When you put your new queen in the hive, give her a frame of empty drawn comb if you have it so she can get to work.
 
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