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So I have nine bars of uncapped honey with very excited bees bringing in the nectar. But there is no brood, none at all.

So I'm buying a black russian queen tomorrow. Here's the issue...that hive has empty, undrawn plastic frames and the rest are filled with capped and uncapped honey.

It seems to me I need to find a bar or two of drawn comb, and possibly a frame of brood and nurse bees, correct?
 

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I have done this when faced with your situation...

I will take one frame of uncapped honey and hang it somewhere nearby during the daytime. If you leave it out at night, the raccoons will get it. If you hang it early in the morning, usually the bees will have it cleared out by afternoon. I then take that frame and put it back in the hive ready for the queen to lay in it. She will as fast as she can. Once she has begun laying there, I will do the same to a second frame of uncapped honey. If needed, you can do it a 3rd and 4th time to middle frames. Should clear you up enough room in a week or so for the queen to be laying well.
 
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