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As we read here about swarming, and my hive swarmed, the lightbulb is beginning to go on: Don't be stingy with the honey supers in the summer. Give them more space than you think they need. Along with that, is: thin out the brood box of honey stores, and move them elsewhere in the hive.

Does that sound about right?

I'm getting the feeling a lot of us could avoid swarms more if we didn't wait so long adding supers. In the summer I mean. I'm especially seeing this story with the new beeks. Not adding enough honey supers soon enough.
 

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That Is not exactly accurate. Although crowding sometimes plays a roll in swarming tendencies. It is not the only factor. In fact swarming is an inherent way for bees to distribute their numbers and increase populations. The swarm instinct is programed into the very DNA of bees. Although we can reduce the urge, or diminish the tendency. We can never truly prevent it. It is what bees do! And is vital to the survival of the species.
 
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