i got 4 new hives this year. one of the hives was not doin to good. less then a half of frame of comb so far this year. so i did the news paper method on it.
What you mean? Not good brood area? Chalk brood is mostly reason for bad brood area. Bad mite problems are seen in emerged bees.
If you have chalk brood, first thing is to change the queen.
If hive want to raise queen cell, it means that queen has something wrong. They change it sooner or later. Nosema is one reason for bad condition of queen. Get a new egg laying queen so you get winter bees.