2 hives checked end of April-plenty of empty comb and no signs of swarm cells. Unable to check hives since d/t other circumstances. First swarm was Sunday May 16, moderate in size, caught and hived. Unsure which hive swarmed. Weds. May 19, second swarm, large size, caught and hived. Believe it came from hive 2 (last year swarm) d/t clustering noted on outside. Also, believed to have witness a mating flight from hive 1 (purchased colony). Dead or dying drones at entrance and "crazy" flying above hive. The buzz sound made me first think robbing but I saw no evidence to support that and they were not attacking me! Thursday May 20, third swarm, small maybe 2#, hived and given away. Today, Sunday May 23, fourth swarm, to high to catch but it looks large.
After the initial swarm I was giving them time to hatch the queen, mate and start laying, but at this rate I'll have nothing left! Nice flow of bees still going in and out of all 4 hives. I have read a lot of the threads of multiple swarms and everyone seems to have their own ideas. I know how to prevent this next year, split early now that I know I have 2 hives with the tendency to swarm but...what do I do from here?
Life and bees are getting away from me!