Re: Factors contributing to Swarms and Swarm Prevention
this is all great stuff. thanks especially to walt and michael for the willingness to help us less experienced folks along.
dan, i was in a similar situation this year, in that all i had was foundation to give my establishing colonies.
i chose not to use syrup, because we have plentiful forage here, and i believe natural forage is healthier for the bees. plus, i didn't want to 'confuse' the bees as to the timing of the flows here in terms of when to brood up and down.
but i saw pretty much the same thing you did. they went from making a lot of new wax, to not making any more and just filling up what they had, and then swarming.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf