Walt Wright Swarm Control
I've been re-reading Walt's writings on swarms and swarm control. I know one of the luminaries here at Beesource was a neighbor to Walt and worked with him on this stuff. I'd appreciate the name of that person.
Walt's focus was in stopping the swarming before it was triggered, he used several techniques- early addition of space in the form of supers, breaking up the feed band by checkerboarding, and, if they don't move into the supers during an early flow, breaking up that honey dome even further.
My immediate question is this- I'm feeding MC sugar and the bees are up in the shim, have been for well over a month. It seems the feed band is broken as the bees move freely into the shim and back down into the frames to cluster. My plan is to put supers on very early, just before the first flow here, and to put those supers on the day I clean out the MC sugar and shim. My thinking is that because I put honey supers away wet there will be honey up there and the bees are already looking up there for feed. If I time it well the honey in the wet supers will keep the bees up there, and the flow will keep them using the space and eliminate the need for checkerboarding.
I'm also planning on early splits of any strong colonies re-queening mine if I don't like the queen in there or just selling the new queens in the nucs.
I live in Montana and early flows are end of March, first half of April.
I have 5 production colonies and one SBS nuc for support, this ain't a big operation, LOL.
I'd appreciate feedback, especially from the guy that worked with Walt in Tennessee.
5 Production colonies, 1 side by side 5 frame nuc for support- 7 working queens is all I want.