The wind died down enough yesterday afternoon to go in and inspect my two hives and the garden hive. I'm a little worried about Beta...honestly, in my years of keeping I've never had to deal with swarm management before. I can recognize, now, "we're outta here, too crowded" and "we're totally doing swarm prep right now". But I'm not sure how to tell when it's "we're really full and productive and we're gonna make tons of honey!!!" and how to keep a hive at the balancing point. I saw 4 queen cups yesterday in Beta. Two on faces of frames, two on ends of frames (but where the foundation doesn't reach the bottom of the frames) and all just empty cups, not any bigger than that. I cut them all out after making sure they were empty. But that hive has a lot of food stores plus a 1/3 full honey super. I don't think I'd say they were fully backfilled yet, there's still some space on brood frames, but they're definitely starting to backfill. So here's my plan, tell me what you think: -I plan on taking 2-3 frames of brood, along with 1-2 frames of food, from Beta today and adding it to Garden hive. These will be replaced with empty frames, mostly not drawn out or only drawn a little. (And I'll only pull and replace from the outer brood nest edges, not the centers.) -Beta's honey super got 3 frames taken out day before yesterday and those were replaced with empties, and 2 frames have no drawn comb on one side of them. All these empties and half drawn are interspersed between the 5 fully drawn, most of which are about half full of capped. My thinking is that Beta is no where close to starving, they've a ton of food and the honey super to draw from, and tons of foragers. I do not have another box, or the space, for a 3rd hive, so I can't do an actual nuc or split. Garden hive has the lowest population of the three, and only about 12 fully drawn frames currently. So, I want to give them more population, food, and drawn comb to work with. What do you think of this plan? Any thing sound like it might frack up Garden or Beta if I go this route? Think it will be sufficient to keep Beta from deciding to swarm again? Also, I've always read you can't just stick bees from one hive into another, or you're gonna have a war on your hands. BUT, then I have seen a couple people comment here that they do just that with brood frames, just stick them in covered in nurse bees. Thoughts on this? I don't want to overburden Garden with not enough nurse bees for the brood I give them, but don't want a war on and don't have spare boxes for a newspaper combine. I'm also going to super up Alpha today; they aren't backfilling at all but I think they're ready for a super despite being a first year split and we're in a flow right now.