I have a unique problem, I have 7 hives, their all 4 years old have have comb in all of the hives, have a brood box, a second deep, with brood and pollen with top feeders, I have too many bees this season, they are bearding in the front of the hives, I've checker boarded them, the queens are going crazy, lots of brood and pollen, but not a lot of nectar.
I've placed granulated sugar in the top of all the hives, when I open to see, there's lots of bees eating the sugar. Trees are blooming, crab apple locust, the host of spring flowering trees. I don't want to purchase anymore boxes, so I'm going to let them swarm early and take my chances, I have two nuc boxes nearby with swarm lure, so if they take off hopefully they will go to those boxes, and I can give them to my bee friends who don't have many bees.
Anyone have any answers to my overwintering problem of too many bees?
Heck, last year they all died, this year I have too many, what's a keep to do?