Jan 28th and 30th
Type: Posts; User: McSpadden
Jan 28th and 30th
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just watch the outside of the cluster and you may see her come to the surface. If I remember correctly last year I found 7 queens in one swarm.
After my experiences last year and this mild winter, I'd love to learn more about swarm prevention!!!
This is definitely the issue the first FEW years!
If you split out the original queen and leave all the swarm cells they may cast multiple swarms!
read through my thread
Nice to know I'm not alone.
funny, thanks for sharing
Front and back of 1 frame
I did just as you to a number of hives. Then my weather turned bad. Now I've been experiencing a swarming nightmare. Check out my thread "tossed virgins photo".
Without drawn comb on hand, I think the only way I could have avoided all this would have been to spin out a few frames and given them back.
Hindsight 20/20 I would have split these hives harder but...when this action is taken how many cells would one leave?
This quote is from Michael Bush"s site. This is the action I took, except I...
The real questions are;
Did any of the swarm queens mate well with all the bad weather I've had?
Can I get them back into shape and make a honey crop?
Again today. Pulled out 7 queens from this swarm
2 hives swarmed
Gets busy at 3 minutes
They really start boiling out at 3 min. Catch the 1st queen at 5:12
Want the full story see thread...
They settled on a hive next door. I just watched the cluster and would pick the queens out as I found them.
Things get rolling pretty good at 3 minutes, catch the queen at 5:12.
Wow so here it is.
Weather started to improve this afternoon. Went out and again found more tossed virgins. 6 this round. Then a swarm started. Well I was pretty determined. I stood there and...
Stay tuned exciting update later
I'll just add a little fuel to the fire. These three I just picked up, in front of three hives I picked others up from Sun.
Next time I'll still split out the original queen but I'll make up nucs...
This quote is from Michael Bush"s site. This is exactly the action I took.
Swarm control split. Ideally you want to prevent swarming and not have to split. But if there are queen cells I usually...