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  1. #1
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    Default swarm cells in ohio

    i have made it thru my first winter.....now my concern is swarming. when do i need to start worring about swarm cells popping up?

    we had some warmer weather a week or so ago and i was able to open the hive for the first time in which i did find eggs. the hives looked really good as far as number of bees. actually more bees than i was expecting to see.

    my intent is to split the hives when the weather permits. but i wanted to get that done before any swarming was too much of an issue.

    any advise please!!!!

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    Default Re: swarm cells in ohio

    When they make swarm cells, split the hive!
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    Default Re: swarm cells in ohio

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericasBeekeeper View Post
    When they make swarm cells, split the hive!
    That's about as concise of an answer as you could ask for!

    Are you planning on letting them make their own queen? Or were you going to order queens for the splits?

    You might want to review Michael Bush's page on splits:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm

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    Default Re: swarm cells in ohio

    Follow AmericasBeekeeper's advice, and bear in mind that in Ohio bees will usually swarm from the first week in May on into summer. Be proactive to head it off.

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    Default Re: swarm cells in ohio

    Quote Originally Posted by WWW View Post
    in Ohio bees will usually swarm from the first week in May on into summer.
    That's exactly what I see too. May is the most active month typically. If you are buying queens for your splits you probably want to make your splits after the first week or so in April before they start up swarm cells.
    To everything there is a season....

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    Default Re: swarm cells in ohio

    My rule is a month after I see capped drone brood.

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    Default Re: swarm cells in ohio

    Do you make the split after the swarm cells are capped or as soon as you notice they have been layed in?

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    Default Re: swarm cells in ohio

    If you're going to raise your own queens make the splits after the cells are capped. This leaves a full hive of bees and food to nurture the queen larvae before capping.
    To everything there is a season....

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    Default Re: swarm cells in ohio

    I would prefer capped queen cells. They were fed or developed when the hive was overpopulated, strong, healthy and had plenty of stores. Capped cells are also closer to emergence.
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