So after running tbhs for two seasons, I have been unable to convince them that swarming is a bad idea. Even last year when I had a first year queen they swarmed. This year they started producing multiple (12+) queen cups. So I split them before they swarmed. I took the queen away with a few combs and a few shakes of bees. Now that they have made three combs with solid queen cells, I intend to make two small nucs with two of the combs with cells.
So next year, it is certainly possible that my bees may fill out all of my tbh equipment. I have one 4ft, one 3 ft, and three nucs. So it is certainly possible. I guess I don't really want to build any more tbh equipment. What I do have is empty warres and langs. So what's the easiest way to transfer bees from my tbhs to my warres or langs?
With langs I could always just shake bees from the tbh into a few combs donated from one of my langs I suppose. Would I have to use a full warre box with comb to do the same? Any other ideas?