This is a little complex so bare with me.
Our main hive looks like it had a queen after a split, but now she’s gone. There’s some brood on both sides of one frame, but there are no eggs or larvae. That brood is in a good pattern and is unlikely to be workers laying.
We have a swarm we caught a few blocks away. It’s in a nuc right next to the above hive, it has a queen and is going well. Larvae, brood, etc etc
We’re going to give it another week for eggs to appear, but it looks like we’ll have to combine the nuc with the hive to make the hive queen right.
Using the newspaper method, (please correct me if I’m wrong) we’d put the nuc frames into a new brood box, put it on top of the hive with newspaper between them, then the QE, then the super.
My question is, I only want to have one brood box and one super. How do I remove the extra brood box? I assume the queen could be laying in either/both of them.
Hope all that makes sense.
Thanks in advance