So, I have this hive, last year it swarmed twice. I did not go out after the first swarm last year to clear queen cells so subsequent swarms were my bad.
I am working on swarm controls this year in earnest. Today that same hive swarmed. Sheesh. Double sheesh.
I started it on pollen patties March 9 with a note it looked a bit weak. On May 4th I added supers for lots of headroom. The brood nest was in the upper of two 10 frame deeps, I did not reverse. We are really late with flows this year, first actual flow with decent flight days was only a week ago. Leading up to that there were few flight days and little blooming. I'm in Montana, you know. On May 30th I pulled 4 frames of brood for a split which had a few swarm cells. I thought I'd cleared all remaining swarm cells from the two brood frames I left. Yesterday I went through it again clearing swarm cells and *thought* I got them all. Now this hive had already put 25 pounds or so of nectar in their lower super with only a week of flow so far, no one else in my apiary has come close to that. So, tomorrow I'll go back in and look for queen cells to try to avoid another swarm.
Am I howling at the moon trying to keep this colony in a box? Last year I'd decided to dump this blood line because of swarming but a fast buildup this spring and remarkable honey production made me decide to try to control the swarming. Any tips? I'm open to suggestions.