As an add on to my other post.
I am planning on have a side by side nuc set up to hold queens as an emergency. Those nucs will also be used to boost the other hives by pulling frames of bees, honey, or brood. This is my first year trying this approach but my experience says it will work. Pulling the frames to boost the other hives keeps the nucs down to 2 boxes each and keeps them working building comb on the empty frames that replaced the full frames that were pulled.
For the other hives the ability to add brood and bees to a weak hive or population to a strong hive, making it even stronger, should impact those hives in over wintering ability and production of a harvestable crop.