Our very first hive (which gave us two fine honey harvests) pooped out after a long decline. Its queen died or got killed, and those bees never succeeded in replacing her. Our other two hives are thriving.
I'm eager to step up our beekeeping game, so I want to capture the swarm that will make up our third hive. On Kirk's advice, I took five frames of drawn comb from the dead hive and put them in a cardboard nuc box that's now perched in a Eucalyptus tree.
I'll keep you posted on what happens next.