I have a couple of hives that are meaner than the rest. Mean to to point where I am not looking forward to dealing with them when I start harvesting honey. Its getting into dearth and fire season so I basically put my smoker away for a while.
The origin of these lines are from a local keeper and they are descendants of a Kona queen originally. This line has done quite nicely the last couple of years, but now they are being overshadowed by some of the Saskatraz grand daughters that are doing very well. They haven't wintered really strong, but seem to build up well during the season. Both hives are in their 3rd summer without treatment.
Anyway, I am thinking of removing the meanest hives from the population. The strategy that I am thinking of using is to move the hives a short distance from their present location. Allow the foragers to fly back to the original location to occupy an empty box. Take all the honey, remove the queen, and take the nurse bees and brood to support the youngest nucs that I have started. I would actually shake the nurse bees on to strong hives (I've noticed that when I introduce bees and brood to small nucs I start missing queens) and give the brood frames san bees to new nucs to give them a boost.