Swarm cells in September
After harvesting honey, I've left the hive with 2 deeps and one medium. A week later, checking to see how much capped honey they have for the winter, I noticed 15-20 nice swarm cells, capped, on three full brood frames. Should I pull the laying queen, put her into a nuc w/ proper supplies, and close it all up? Or should I attempt to crush all of the swarm cells, as it's so late in the season, and barely any drones about? Thanks
Re: Swarm cells in September
One of my hives swarmed last Sep. Here we still have drones, & good enough weather for mating.
If you're weather is already cold, & the drones are gone the new queen wouldn't have a chance to mate.
Don't know the right answer but, You could probably move the old queen, then recombine in a few weeks.