I had three hives in sept. and took my loses early by combining two of them. The combined hive died in January. Now I'm down to one strong hive and I have four packages on the way. I can either split the strong hive, leave it alone or use it to increase the strenght of the new packages by borrowing frames of brood periodically. I'm leaning toward the latter. If I do this, what is the protocal. How much can I take from the strong hive without doing too much damage. My feeling is, if I do this right, I'll have five strong hives instead of four weak ones and a strong one or six fairly weak hives. Suggestions?