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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    DesAllemands, Lousiana

    Default Swarm prevention methods

    What are some of yall favorite swarm prevention methods. I have tried quit a few different ones over the years and have not found a certain one that i stick to. I go back and forth between defferent ones. I found the cutdown split to be affective but i dont like to weakend my hives before a honey flow. The other one i found to be affective is to just open up the brood nest with empty frames and supering early. For some reason this year seemed to be a verry swarmy year in my area. So which method is yall favorite to use.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA

    Default Re: Swarm prevention methods


    As a very last resort, put a queen excluder between the bottom box and the bottom board, to prevent the queen from leaving. Also works for keeping a new swarm at home.
    Benjamin Schneider, CEO of Prairie Wind Bee Supply - New & Improved Website!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2011
    San Francisco, CA

    Default Re: Swarm prevention methods

    Michael Bush describes a swarm control split on his website that I found works quite well.
    Vice President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Victoria, Australia

    Default Re: Swarm prevention methods

    Have a look at

    If you haven't got drawn comb, it's looks like opening the brood nest with foundationless frames is your best option.

    Next option is Roland's method of moving capped brood frames above an excluder (and swapping with the now empty brood frames from above the excluder). This uses a top entrance directly above the excluder.

    The eventual aim would be to Checkerboard.

    Matthew Davey


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