Scott, I ws moving the hot hive just to decrease the total number of bees in it so the hive would be easier to work. There's nothing wrong with the donor hive, got it from Jessie as a nuc about two months ago and it is doing well. i'm starting to think that the best way woud be to split up the hot hive with keeping half at location #5 and moving the other half to the end of the bee yard. Then I can find and dispatch the hot queen, come back in as you suggested after 5-6 days to remove any emergency queen cell and drop a frame eggs/brood in so the hive will requeen. That way I'll always have the donor hive ready with fresh brood instead of using the entire donor hive for just one requeen, your suggestion makes a lot more sense to me than my plan. I'll be opening only one hive to begin with instead of messing around with two which is another plus. I'm not planning to increase my number of hives, getting low on extra equipment and room in the beeyard plus just got laid off from my job so money is a bit tight right now. Just want to calm down this one hive and get ready for an extraction in another couple of weeks.