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I combined 2 hives on Sunday morning. I put newspaper betwwen the two brood boxes and I just went out and checked on them and they have eaten through the paper and seem to be co-existing nicely. Should I leave the paper in a few more days or should I remove it. I want the bees making brood and stores, not chewing paper. Also, the weaker queenless hive I combined with my strong hive had laying workers so I have a bunch of drone brood in a bunch of gnarly looking comb. Will the bees fix the comb or should I pull the two frames of bad comb and give them new foundation to draw out?
 

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Congrats. I would remove any remaining paper on the next regular inspection. I wouldn't open them for just that purpose.

As for the two frames, they will make drones somewhere, so it is up to you whether it's on those frames or elsewhere. You might place them against the outside wall, so the center frames can be used for brood, or replace them.
 
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