Nurse,Thanks for all the tips. I'll let you know how things go.
Where are you located? Please up date your profile. Locale changes a lot of tack ticks.
Sorry - for some reason I had a hard time figuring out how to update the profile, but I have now. I'm in Chicago, IL.
I recommend that you place a box on top of the existing ones and put the frames in it. The less you disturb the hive the better.
Be sure to move slowly. Bees react negatively to fast movements.
How much comb is in this area?
Probably half a small super - that was 3 weeks ago - there may be more. I haven't gone back in to the hive because I was scared I would hurt the bees or do them harm.
How many hives do you have? If only on she can find her way back. I have had queens take off and then find them back in the hive before I closed it up and that was with 6 hives next to each other.
Just one hive. And I just set it up this past March/April. I'm very new to all this.
I would not worry about small pieces of wax. You are looking for pieces large enough for the rubber bands to hold.