Clipped Queens and Swarming
So through unknown reason about I ordered one of my queens clipped in a package I got last spring. The hive overwintered well and spring build-up has been going excellently... too excellent apparently. I opened up the colony yesterday to find many swarm cells. I only pulled a few frames, but one of the swarm cells I found was already capped. It will be Friday before I can work the hive again. What should I expect to happen when this clipped queen tries to swarm and can't? Could I prevent them from swarming by splitting? I had already made arrangements to split the colony, and it will be 3 WEEKS before my new queen arrives. Thx, guys.
...This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.