Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?
This is not my experience. I quite like a band of honey near top of top brood box. Once I get this and nectar/honey in first honey super, I can remove the queen excluder. I find an excluder to be a significant cause of getting nectar in the brood nest. I then focus on maintaining storage space for honey and thereby keeping the brood nest open. Add honey supers and extract weekly(return wet supers to hive) during peak of the flow.
Originally Posted by Riverderwent
Band of honey generally keeps the queen in the brood boxes.
Zone 3b. If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!