Before this spring, the only experience I've had is from splits/cut outs and, of course, these build from the center out. I've been skunked by swarms. For some reason, this spring, we caught 4 swarms with in 3 weeks of each other, 2 huge ones, 1 monsterous one, and 1 mircro one (still in nuc). One characteristic that I find interesting and totally different from my other hives is these swarms start building up from one side of the box and work to the other. :scratch: They are in foundationless Langs. Is this what swarms usually do? The 3 large swarms all have second deeps on them. I moved 2 frames of brood up when I added them and checkerboarded the first deep with the 3 empty frames. All this in less than a month, one will be ready for a super by Sunday. Beautiful. solid brood patterns. Just gorgeous. No aggression so far. I'm thinking I love swarms! They are not from my bees and only one swarm looks like feral bees. Is this normal?