Beekeeping Tip #5
Did you find a weak colony? If it is late in the season consider combining it with a strong colony. There may be an old queen or a queen the was weakly mated. Cut your losses, in time and bees, and combine the two. A variety of methods of combining are out there, one of which is the papering method. But first you should take out the weak queen.
Combining can help ensure strong colonies in the spring for spring splits or nucs.