new weak nuc placed in the location of moderate sized hive?
What would happen if I made up a new, weak nuc; say 1 deep frame of mixed age brood, 1 frame of pollen/nectar maybe with some brood too and a new queen (in cage), and then moved a moderate sized hive and placed the nuc into that location?
Will the large influx of field bees boost and carry it along, or will it just overwhelm the nuc and make chaos/failure when they come back and find strange bees at home?
The specifics are:
I have a colony in one end of a long hive that has gotten much larger than I want. They are also a bit aggressive and that entrance faces toward the deck and is quite close.
So I am moving them elsewhere in the same area but a bit away from house traffic. They were only supposed to be in that end for a "little while" last summer as a convenient place to stick a swarm control split...and here they are still getting bigger....It's gotten a bit silly with 2/3 of the box (22frames) plus a deep super on one end, and the other end (10 frames) plus another deep on top of that.
I could just move them out, pull the follower boards and let the returning foragers join the hive on the other end of the long box. They might like the boost as I will be stealing from them for 1-2 nucs soon.
But I was thinking maybe I could just make one of the nucs weak, stick it in that end and viola: I don't have to steal from the donor so much, I shrink the back end down to 5 frames or so, and I don't have to find a place to keep a nuc that will be above the snow come winter...