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I captured a huge swarm about a month ago. it ended up as a split making two hives. one hive is doing great and is about ready for another box. the one hive is very small ( I seem to have lost about half of the bees) They have brood but the cells are very uneven. the comb is poorly drawn but it is showing larva and brood. Should I combine this hive with a stronger hive or let it go for a while?
 

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You have following options:
1. Combine with stronger hive using a newspaper method
2. Requeen the weaker hive
3. Order two queens and make two nucs out of the weaker hive, feed and try to overwinter them.
Personally I would go with 1 or 3. Never had good results requeening a weak hive at this time of the year.
 

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They have brood but the cells are very uneven.

tecumseh:
not absolutely certain of what you are describing but I would guess this sounds either like a drone laying queen or a laying worker..... that is the individual worker cells are 'popped' as they approach the pupae stage.
 
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