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Alternative to splitting for swarm control

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I have eight hives that wintered well and are strong. Seems that feeding them pollen early pushes production. These hives are located away from inhabited property.

Here is my question. What is wrong with putting up multiple swarm traps and allowing the bees to do their own splits instead of opening the hives and manipulating them manually? I understand that a downside to this in residential areas would be trouble for your neighbors but I'm wondering if bees can be guided through providing enough habitat to entice them to use the swarm traps?
I would love to hear opinions about doing this.:unsure:
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Thank you for all your replies. I have much to think about. So much of this (hobby) is about learning. I will get a system down for doing manual swarm control. Just need to find what works for me. I love this community!
 

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Good thought. Apimaye is a great hive, just not easy to work with in terms of flipping the boxes up to check and the brood box is fused to the bottom board so there is no swapping them around unless you do it frame by frame.
They are starting to make those components separate now but that is not what I have. Much to learn and adapt to.
 
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