I have two hives about three feet apart. One is either on the verge of or has reached overpopulation (have added one honey super already, and will be putting on second today). The other is totally opposite--it seems to be a really slow hive, in fact they have hardly started on the frames in the second deep box. The queen is still around in the latter hive, as I am still finding larvae and eggs. I also put a super on this hive, but I don't think they have even noticed it yet.

A beekeeper friend suggested that I switch the two hives around (meaning the entire hives), so that when the bees of the over-populated hive come back "home", they will end up at the under-populated hive. In theory this makes sense as bees are creatures of habit, but I was wondering if anyone else could comment on this strategy.

Thanks!