Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method
bgosnell, congrats on getting your bees into the wax drawing mode. that is an important step in keeping them from going into swarm mode.
Originally Posted by bgosnell
my experience with placing undrawn supers just above the brood boxes was that it pushed the colony into swarm mode. i have better luck putting foundation supers (with extra wax applied and perhaps a bait frame in the middle with a little drawn comb on it) at the top of the stack until they starting pulling comb, and then move them down the stack along with putting the most full and/or capped supers up to the top.
using the short frames in the deeps will probably accomplish the same thing, but you will end up having to cut the comb off the bottom of it. it makes more sense to use a deep foundationless frame like the ones pictured in the posts above.
journaling the growth of a (mite) treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives