Re: 100 hives in transition
Don: Scatter some hive traps and give them room as quickly as possible. You are really trying to "swim against the current" right now. If it makes you feel any better you have laid out a scenario that happens to even the best migratory beekeeper. It is a very real threat when you, in effect, expose hives to multiple early spring buildup seasons. It's one of the main reasons that we choose to requeen all our hives as soon as they get out of the almonds. Hives are much more reluctant to build swarm cells when there is a newly mated queen in the hive. But your choices, if you dont want to fill any more equipment , at the moment are to just let nature take its course and lose some bees and old queens, or try to wade through them and remove the old queens (difficult to find a shrinking queen in an oversized hive). Best of luck to you. My guess is that many who read of your experiences are envious.
"Ve are too soon olt und too late schmart."- A nameless German philosopher