Hello, it seems I am here quite often as of late!
Trying to keep this short, we had a hive swarm, which we caught (will call his Swarm 1). A few weeks later, something happened and the original hive (will call this Hive 1) became queenless. Hive 1 has two brood boxes and is fairly strong and both boxes are nearly filled with pollen and honey. The swarm has a laying queen and is extremely small. Therefore, we want to combine the two. Could someone please tell me if my plan seems sound?
The queenless Hive 1 is in the original spot, the tiny Swarm 1 is about 2 meters away. I am thinking of locking in Swarm 1 for a day, then in the evening, moving it BELOW the queenless Hive 1, placing a sheet of newspaper between them. After about 24 hours, I thought I would reopen the hive.
Some people seem to close up for 3 days, others don’t at all. Most say to move the weak hive to the spot where the strong hive is, which is what we will do. I want to put the weak Swarm 1 box underneath the other hive since that is where the queen is laying. Does this seem reasonable? Any issues? Thanks as always!