Checked my top 5 strongest hives today and all of them had fully drawn, almost capped queen cells. Argggh!!
In one I moved the queen and some good frames into a nuc and removed most of the Queen cells.
I really don't want any more hives, and have limited more boxes to make more splits. Not to mention the flow seems to have a slight start here, so i hate to interrupt the production.
I removed the QC's from the rest of hives, just to give me a week to figure our what to do.
Friend and I were talking about removing the queens into a holding nuc, and in a few days (5 days?) go in and remove all queen cells that may have been created. It I time it right, they should be hopelessly queenless at this point. I then re-combine the nuc to the hive and they go on about their merry way.
Who has done this and what was the outcome? Did it squash the swarming desire once they find themselves queenless?
It's a bit of work, but I only need to do this on 4 other hives. If fact, I could still do this with the hive I already split.