So here is the situation… We bought a flow hive but were unable to get bees. A friend of a friend was kind enough to give us one of their hives when they found out we were desperate for some. He gave us the bees and the hive 2 weeks ago. Last week we transferred the frames from his original box to our new flow hive brood boxes ( we have decided to have two brood boxes under the flow). Upon inspecting the hive we didn’t notice much brood. This weekend we re-checked the hive and realized we have absolutely no brood, plenty of honey and pollen. We noticed one queen cell and the new queen was in there but not completely hatched she was just starting to kick her legs out of the cell. We informed the man who gave us the hive that we don’t know what happened… did we squish her? did she fall out? He then divulged that he had split the hive he gave us but though he had given us the queen… he checked his hive and there she is with tons of brood. He is planning on giving us this box with the queen and brood.
So the real question is this, can we put this boxes on the top? is it weird to have the honey under the brood? or can we place this third box on the bottom? Secondly now we have two queens… i want to keep the old queens she lays a lot and the bees are very docile. How do we introduce? do we now have to find this new queen and kill her? or is there another method we can use to introduce the old queen?
any advice would be greatly appreciated.