I bought to nucs on the 19Th (last Saturday). If you look at the post titled "Installing nucs a question or 3" you can get the lowdown.
Each nuc is in a 10 frame deep with a small slice of foundation on the 2 end frames in the boxes. I have then on 16 inch stands with screened bottom boards.
The short story is 1 hive had a dead queen and lots of dead bees. The hive with no queen is drawing comb slowly and from what it looks like to my amature eye a queen cell. The issue with the folks that sold me the bees is unresolved as the customer service has given me the run around ALL week then told me to contact the people they bought the bees from.
Upon the first time I have looked in the hive with the queen today I see they have 3 frames almost drawn out and a 4Th on the way and no crooked comb
. All looks good even though I didn't pull every frame out to look. Didn't see the need to interfere.
I currently have entrance feeders on both.
I have read several combining articles and think it may be the thing to do. The only thing I don't like is everyone says to put the queenless hive in the bottom. I just can not see disrupting things by doing that.
My plan is to take the lid off of the queened hive, place a piece of newspaper over that, then I am going to put a queen excluder over the paper, (I cant imagine any good coming of her heading up top but, then again I know very nothing) then sit the queenless hive on top of that, then I will put a baggie of feed in for the queenless bees until the paper is breached. I will have a screened queen excluder for a ventilation lid on the queenless hive and if rain is coming i will protect accordingly.
Once they are in I would take drawn comb from queenless hive, place it in bottom hive, tap any remaining bees into the bottom box and close things up.
or do I let the queenless bees build away until I get a new nuc then if any left combine with them?
There is my idea,
I am greatful for any input