the hive could produce a queen(16 days) and have her laying(within 19 days) by 35 days. no honey stores? you should have been feeding. sorry but i blame you for them not having any stores. :-x :) yes, if you combine, you should kill one of the queens a day before you combine. whichever queen you pinch should be a personal decision based on what you know about the queens and their daughters. as for your deep of honey, go through the other boxes and remove any empty or partially filled frames and replace them with with the frames of honey. this should be easy to do since hive #2 has little or no brood and it sounds like hive #1 is in the same boat except for the eggs. freeze the extra frames and put back into the hive when they will most likely need it in late winter. freeze the frames of pollen as well, and give them back in early febuary, when the bees will need it to feed the brood with when they start building up again. put the combined hive in the same position of the hive with the most bees. don't worry about the stragglers, if they don't rejoin the hive in the new position, they will take up residence in another hive. i hope this helps.