Re: Bearding - Swarm Prevention
when i found a colony into full blown swarm preps this season, (there were actually 10+ queen cells started), i was able to find the old queen and split her along with a few frames of bees, brood, and stores and created an 'artificial swarm'. i destroyed all but a couple of the queen cells.
the split is taking off nicely and already drawing a super of comb.
the parent hive ended up issuing a swarm which got away, and until today had a least 4 virgins piping in the hive. i am only hearing one virgin today, and there have been no more swarms from it.
in hindsight, i think i should have gone back into the parent hive a week after making the artificial swarm and destroyed any additional queen cells that were made after the split. luckily it looks like the colony won't end up swarming itself silly and despite the split and the one swarm it's still semi-strong and making honey.
if you are looking to increase your hive count anyway, this would be a good time to split the queen out, make a nuc and let the strong parent hive make a new queen.
journaling the growth of a (mite) treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives