OK this is my plan. I am running it by everyone here to see if it is a good plan or at least feasible. I should have four hives coming out of this winter. I have bought enough equipment for at least 10 hives plus 4 nucs. I donÂ’t plan on filling it all but would like to at least double my hives to eight. My plan is to let the hive I want to make queens from do their natural thing of getting ready to swarm. Once they have built lots of queen cells (like they did last year) I plan on dividing them into nucs with each nuc getting a frame with some queen cells on it. Then I would let the nucs raise the queens with possibly some help by adding a few frames of bees from my other hives. Is this even remotely a good idea? Can I rely on this one hive swarming? Is there a way to force them to go into swarm mode?