Re: swarm cell nucs
This is the issue, timing is everything and you more or less have to get it down to the day, or you lose the swarm, or put cells in splits that are too young.
Originally Posted by jmgi
You'll see certain schedules written about exctlay which day after the first cell is started that the bees will swarm, sometimes they'll say day 10. But actually I've seen hives swarm before any queen cells are even capped, and also seen virgins hatch and the hive still hasn't swarmed.
So while at face value this seems an easy method, it's risky if you are trying to plan it. It can best be used when you happen upon a hive with swarm cells and you can then make splits. But trying to induce a hive to make cells and then split requires a lot of monitoring.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).