On inspection of a booming hive that swarmed last week I found a (still) very full 2 deeps worth of bees. Much capped brood, but not honey bound. The hive has one almost full super of honey. I found 2 queen cells at the bottom of a frame that I pinched. At that moment I thought that without a queen to lead them off I might avert another swarm. Several hours later they threw a medium sized swarm that landed about 50 ft away 12 feet in a magnolia tree.
Was pinching the queen cells the right thing to do? Or did I possibly kill the replacement queen just prior to the old queen leaving leaving me queenless? I know there are methods to avert swarming such as checkerboarding, but I just don't have the extra drawns frames, etc.