I have 4 hives, 1 exceptional strong ,2 not quite as strong and 1 weak hive .It was a new hive in the early spring but, so was the strongest hive. The weak hive has plenty of capped brood but very few new eggs.I am thinking of placing a frame of new fresh eggs from the strong hive into the weak hive to make a new queen.
1. Do I need to do anything special such as wait for autumn honey flow?
2. Place a queen plastic cell cap on new brood? which I have none and would have to order from somewhere.
3. Do nothing and wait for the hive to make a new queen on it's own from old queen, who must have been a weak queen from the start?
4. Buy a new queen from somewhere .My regular bee supplier is in N.Dakota . He migrates with his bees every year.