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I am in the process of building my 1st hive (Top bar) and I like you have been trawling you tube and the various forums to find an answer to adding a nuc without having to cut frames to fit etc, all a bit stressful for a 1st timer. Your idea seems like a good compromise so please keep us updated, a few photos would be great.
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The most successful method I've experimented is roughly described here :
https://youtu.be/JzCIWhndEsY

The advantage is that you end up with an artificial swarm (and hopfully the queen) in you topbar hive and a queenless colony in your frame hive. You can transfer it after 30 days into a second topbar hive or keep it for next year if it's late in the season.

I can describe the full process on requested.
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Is there a reason why you are keen for them to build up quickly. That can bring problems of it's own like possibly swarming late in the season. It is still very early in the year for bees to build up and doing a shook swarm allows you to hopefully create two viable colonies from your nuc. Personally I think doing a shook swarm and then chopping and cropping the brood combs is the best way to transfer them and it is much less disruptive than people think, assuming you are not dealing with plastic comb or foundation, but I understand it may seem daunting to novice beekeepers.
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