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I have one hive that is noticeably stronger than the other. The stronger one is drawing out its second super and the weaker one is really dragging on drawing out the first. Is it ok to swap a super with nectar, honey and bees from the stronger hive with the barely drawn out super on the weaker hive?
Will this cause robbing?
Will it cause a fight?
Will it help the weaker hive?
Is it a good idea?
 

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make sure that your weak hive is not weak from desease before you contaminate good equipment. as for the transfer of supers i have not done that. there are a lot of people on this sight that do that type of thing to stringthen hives. good luck.
 

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Swapping honey supers won't help much. The bees will just go back home. What you need to even them out is to take some nurse bees and capped/emerging brood from the strong hive and give it to the weaker hive. Just don't take so much as to weaken your strong hive. However, I would check the weak queen's laying pattern and numbers first of all. If it looks OK then just leave them alone. In nature there are stronger and weaker of every species. A month from now your two hives could reverse and today's weak one could be tomorrows gangbuster.
 

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I should clarify. I am not trying to equalize the hive populations. They are both healthy hives with two deep brood boxes comfortably filled. My intention is really to get supers drawn out as much as possible. These are first year hives and I am hoping that I can get as many supers drawn out and ready for next spring. My thought is that by swapping the supers it would incentivise the weaker hive to get working on drawing out the super by providing some more bees and materials to work with.

Thanks fish_stix, now I know it will not create a problem so, I'll give it a go and see what happens. If the bees just return hone that won't really be an issue.
 
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