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When i use the demaree method, will they swarm if i dont cut out the cells or can i just let them hatch and they will supercede the queen below. If the method is used again 9-10 days later as they recomend must they be cut again to prevent swarming or is the urge gone. Thanks.
 

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First year for this swarm control for me (not a pro), but the literature that I am working off suggests a cloake board with an entrance if you are going to raise a new queen. I have kept an entry to the top boxes just to let out all of the drones. Here is a picture:
http://www.kentbee.com/stw/bm~doc/demaree-method-of-swarm-control.pdf
I am on my 3rd rotation now and they seem to build about 7 nice QC in the top each time. So I do not think the urge is gone.
If the cells are in the bottom deep with the queen, I think she is going to take her bees and leave (fighting that in another thread).
I think I have a couple of hives at critical mass. Even in a good flying day the entire hive of 2 deeps and two supers is full of bees.
 
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