I have never really equalized my hives, except for occasional donation of frames. I haven't equalized because I have always wanted my honey producers to be strong through winter and ready to go in the spring, and it always has seemed that it would be counter productive. But I'm curious about it now, especially now that I've reached 35 colonies and managing hives and time is a different thing. Another reason I'm curious is that this spring was crazy here and I was doing a lot of swarm prevention and management, and some hives still swarmed. I'm wondering if equalizing is a way to control swarming rather than having to make splits. And in summer or fall, what does equalizing accomplish?