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beesrus 

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Hi, please can someone advise me of the best way to combine a queen right nuc with a queenless hive ?
 

Onge 

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Open the queenless hive.

Place a sheet of newspaper over it and make a few very small tares in it with your hive tool.

place the queen right nuc on top (rearrange frames into the appropriate sized body)

Then stick the lid back on, so you have floor,queenless,paper,queen right,roof.

Come back in 2 days and they should be merrily dragging bits of paper out of the hive.
 

steve1958 

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Often the nuc is in a box that is much smaller than a normal hive,
while special boards can be constructed to accommodate the size difference
so that the newspaper method can be used, it is often a problem to support the hive roof.
It is far easier to use an empty brood box, placed directly over the newspaper that has been spread on the opened bottom colony, place the frames from the nuc in the centre of this extra box and fill the spaces with dummy frames,
 

Onge 

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Yea thats why I said
(rearrange frames into the appropriate sized box)
But you explained it better. :)
 

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