I currently have one mediocre hive with a queen. And one very small queenless hive. I will be recieving a few more bees w/ queen in a few weeks. These bees are currently hived in a gourd that was supposed to be a birds nest.
My hive with a queen did not like the new foundation in the super that I gave them a while back and they swarmed, which is how I ended up with the 2nd and now queenless hive.
A) Combine the 2 hives I have now with newspaper, then add the gourd bees to that hive with an excluder and newspaper. Ending up with 1 hive.
B) Leave them both alone untill I get the gourd, then combine them with the queenless hive- using newspaper. Ending up with 2 hives.
C) Or use one of your forthcomming suggestions. :D