Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method
We have 3 hives making swarm cells, so far we have stopped them. We did the OSBN by putting in new partial foundation, cutting out the sides of drawn partial foundation, where they built a lot of drone comb. Putting in Frames of new foundation.
We also, in those hives, saw a beautiful fat queen, they were slowing down her laying. We put her and the frame she was on in a plastic tote with a lid. Then went through the hive removed every swarm cell. Some we put into nuc boxes and now have raised three queens, small open cells we just destroyed.
Then around 5-7 days later we go back in and remove any new QC's. The original queen had started laying again, beautifully.
So far we have had success. One hive we found one open QC at the bottom of a frame, they were just thinking of swarming. We removed it, OSBN with cut frames, new foundation etc. Went in about 5 days later, found one QC removed it. We just checked yesterday, tons of brood, no QC's.
We also added 3-4 honey supers giving them room, as of 4/1/19 we had added one super, we added more towards the 3rd week of april. We started seeing white wax the middle of April, some of our hives were capping honey in the honey supers. Our honey supers are drawn comb and some are cut foundation to get comb honey. I freeze and save it all from year to year.
Our black locust bloomed about a week ago, around 1.5 weeks earlier than last year. A lot less rain this year than last year.
We are hoping they get busy gathering a lot of nectar! And forget this swarming stuff.
Zone 6b: 27 hives in Maryland, Carniolan, Italian mix mutts: Still learning - started bees spring of 2014.