Re: Relocating a new Split back next to parent hive
Not a myth. If you have not observed the drift, it is because you are much better at collecting nurse bees for the nucs and not filling them up with foragers. I do all my splits in the same yard also and the first year was frustrating watching a good number of the bees In the nuc leave and not come back. This can be really bad when trying to make early spring splits. Most of the bees are of forager age so they know where their hive is and with too few nurse bees, a bunch of brood gets chilled. One of those "Do not pass go, do not collect $200" moments.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.