>So far I have avoided swarms by taking splits out of the brood nest.
But that will weaken the hive and cut into your harvest. If you want more hives, fine, but if you want honey you need to control swarming while expanding the brood nest.
But a swarm would make things even worse. If you do your split early enough the bees can build up to full strength without the swarm incolination because they aren't strong enough to swarm. You don't want too many bees in a hive because they can swarm even after the cut off date if too strong. I do early splits as soon as drones are present. Within 6 weeks the hives are at full strength and really could through a weaker swarm if they wanted to.
Depending on when you did the split, you will get plenty of honey. You loose honey if you split during swarm season, but if you split before swarm season, then you have 2 full sized hives.
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