I have two hives in North East Ohio. Temps are 60s during the day, 40s at night. There is some colder weather towards the end of the week with temps in the high 40s during the day, 30s at night. The first hive is noticeably weaker. I checked frames, found some capped brood and a lot of eggs in a dense pattern in the top brood box. The top of the frames in the bottom brood box also had some brood/eggs but only in the center. Also some drone brood was disturbed taking the boxes off so I scraped this off and dented a few queen cups I noticed on the bottom of the top brood box frames. I removed 2 outside frames with old comb (for baiting swarm traps) from this hive and replaced with undrawn foundation, shifting them more to the center. I kept the boxes in the same order and placed the candy board and quilt box back on top.
The second hive has shown much more activity outside the entrance so I was expecting more bees. Most of the candy board was gone. Lots more bees in the top box. I notice capped brood and eggs, though not as densely as the first hive. Examined the first 4 frames of the top box until I am seeing regular capped brood and eggs. Left the remaining frames in place. Set the top box aside and got into the bottom box. This box has a lot of empty frames, with some full honey frames on the outside. There are bees present on the frames but I do not see any eggs or capped brood. Mostly empty or pollen stores (they have been packing sugar in some of the cells from the candy board as well). Since all the eggs and brood are in the top box I decided to swap box positions. Before stacking the hive back up I took 3 empty/ honey frames from the bottom brood box for more swarm traps.
Did I do alright? I just read another post of someone from my same area asking about swapping boxes and the consensus was don't do it. Now I am worried I might have screwed up! Will the bees swapped to the top box find their way back to the brood by 3 nights from now when the temps drop into the 30s? Should I swap the boxes back? The hive was really humming after I switched some things around. I don't want to agitate them more if I don't need to. Any comments or advice is welcome. Hopefully I did not screw things up after both hives made it out of winter ok.