This past weekend the weather here in Jersey was quite cool in the morning and it stayed cloudy most of the day. So when I went to check on some newly (4 weeks ago) hived packages I wasn't all that suprised that they were not flying much. That is until I went over to my other yard and saw that my 2 hive from last year were just busting with activity. One of them has 4 boxes and the other has 5 (both a combination of deeps and Illnois). Well I thought that I had better cut these boys back before they swarm.
Today I did just that I was able to pull 4 frames from one and 3 from the other. A combination of open & capped brood and honey. however when I opened up the larger of the two hives I noticed that I ripped open a good number of swarm cells that were built between two of the boxes. I don't know if I will just delay their swarming or if opening up the brood chamber might change their minds? I also hope that pulling out a few frames doesn't screw up their honey production. It's going to be interesting to see if the two nuks that I made up raise their own queens, guess only time will tell.
Oh just another note, its real easy to work these hives, they have been a great beginners learning ground.