Re: Late summer swarm management
I do what FlowerPlanter said. Put the queen and four frames of bees into a nuc and let the rest make a new queen. (make sure you have no cells in the nuc)
It weakens the main colony enough to where it won't swarm and then you either get a second mated queen or re-combine later after it's obvious they failed. So far have not had to do the re-combining part tho. Now having said this I have had the queenless part make a new queen that laid the whole thing full and they still swarmed but about 3-4 weeks later. (Lucky me) Probably won't happen in Maine tho.
Could even treat the queenless broodless colony with OAD or OAV when it's right.
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