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  1. #1
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    Feb 2012
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    seattle, washington
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    Default would this work to prevent a back filling hive from swarming

    I have two hives both first year and on plastic foundation that they are drawing out. Hive 2 has been doing good but has been back filling the brood nest. I have stopped feeding. Yesterday did inspection and found 3 swarm cells. 2 capped 1 being built with larva. These were very small cells though. They are 2 deeps currently. Hive one had a unmated queen and is way behind. One deep still. I was thinking that a way to keep my bees from swarming and boost my other hive would be to pinch the cells and pull frames from hive 2 and put them in hive 1 which should give me enough to add a 2 deep at the same time. I could then add undrawn foundation to hive 2 giving them a place to draw out frames and lay while making them think they swarmed. Sound reasonable?

  2. #2
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    Jun 2011
    Location
    Asheville, North Carolina, USA
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    Default Re: would this work to prevent a back filling hive from swarming

    Sounds like they need another box!

  3. #3
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    May 2009
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    Flora,IL
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    Default Re: would this work to prevent a back filling hive from swarming

    if they have backfilled and made swarm cells then no, it won't help to remove the cells. they will just draw more.

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