What would you do?
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  1. #1
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    Jun 2011
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    Default What would you do?

    I have an overwintered hive with 1 deep and 1 medium 10 frame, yesterday I noticed numerous swarm cells. Tomorrow will be my next opportunity to go in and do whatever I decide to do. The cells were not capped yet and the queen is still laying. I did add another deep but I'm unsure if I should make a split or try to remove the cells?? I'm assuming they will just continue with their swarm process even if I try to remove the cells? If I do a split would you try to take the queen and put her in a new hive(she's only 1 year old) and leave the cells in the original to hatch out and hopefully come back mated?

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  3. #2
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    Ottertail Minnesota USA
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    Default Re: What would you do?

    I would do the splits. I had a hive swarm on me Wednesday. I caught the swarm now I'm taking a peak today to see if I can split the hive.

  4. #3
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    Murphy, TX
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    Default Re: What would you do?

    It is very hard avert a swarm once the queen cells are started unless you split the hive.

  5. #4
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    Default Re: What would you do?

    When you split one like this is it suggested to take the queen a frame or two worth of bee plus some brood and leave in the same location ?
    Then would you just move the rest of the hive to a new location to let them hatch a new queen?

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