Honey from colonies about to swarm???
I've got a few colonies that are going to swarm in the nest week or so. Normally I make splits from the colonies I've had with swarm cells to increase my hive numbers.
I'd rather get a maximum amount of honey this year and not split these jammed colonies. I'm wondering if removing the queen & maybe 2 frames of brood will make the hives not swarm. I've read here about this but I've not tried it so I'd like opinions on whether or not I would have a good chance for honey by doing this.
I've had supers on these hives for a few weeks but the big flow is still a week or two away & these hives have 14-15 frames of solid to partial brood.
Any thoughts on honey potential?
I've been keeping for a while but always wanted to use swarm colonies for increasing my numbers. Already said this but seems odd that I don't yet know the best way to handle these hives for honey production.
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