A couple of years ago I swapped out a weak hive with a strong hive right next to it. I made two mistakes which I encourage you not to make.
- The strong hive was about five boxes tall and the weak hive was about 2 1/2. When I swapped positions I should have added a super to the weak hive to accommodate the large numbers of foragers returning to the position of their former hive and finding the small hive in its place
- I also failed to recognize that the food/stores in the weak hive would not be enough to support the numbers of bees returning to the strong hive position where the weak hive now was positioned. I should have given some frames of honey to the weak hive to add to their resources.
Result: The bees in the now-weak-hive position absconded.
I didn't find the above issues described in my bee books, so I pass my bad experience on to you in hopes that the information keeps you from losing a hive.
Linda T in Atlanta who hasn't attempted this again!