Urge to swarm while filling supers?
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2019
    Twin Cities/MN

    Default Urge to swarm while filling supers?

    Have an over-wintered double deep that has shown little sign of swarming all season (couple of cups during a couple inspections). They have 1 and half supers filled already and 4 total have been on for last 3 weeks. Everything was fine and dandy till today when we discovered 8+ capped queen cells located on different parts of the frames. (Top, Bottom, Sides) Do you think we killed queen or are they really thinking about swarming at this time? Left cells there for now. Figured if anything we will get a new queen out of it as current one is on year 2.

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Williamsport, PA

    Default Re: Urge to swarm while filling supers?

    My guess without seeing the hive...the already swarmed.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Aylett, Virginia

    Default Re: Urge to swarm while filling supers?

    Capped queen cells and good weather means the bees have already swarmed. I would guess that a thorough hive inspection would reveal no eggs or very young larvae. Let it play out. You can harvest some of the extra qc's to make splits at this point.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.


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