Re: Laying worker question
Post # 1 Gets you a welcome.
Between moving a full hive and 5 small nucs I would move the nucs and leave them there if I could find a spot. Less likely to face a rob out when the flow stops.
Between moving a large hive and moving a single body I would move sections. Maybe two onto your strong and one onto your fairly strong hive. Add a frame of brood to each and give the donor an empty to lay in. repeat in a week.
You've waited a month, you do not need to finish in an hour. If you were to do a fly back split with the remainder of your LW hive moving all of the remaining you will have only field bees returning. ( At least with the theory that LWs have never left the hive and cannot find their way back, dubious on that one) They, without any LWs or queen may start cells. If not they will raise worker brood and make honey, at least get prepped to be moved.
Some scattered drone brood does not sound entirely like LW. Not usually any bare spots unless very early LW. Shaking out a queen, even a bad queen is bad odds for a nuc or multiple nucs.
It is not true that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
They can learn them, they just can't do them.