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Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,

I live fairly far north (Northern BC), and I'm looking at getting my first Nuc when they become available this coming May locally. (5 frame Nuc into an 8 frame brood box)

How likely is it that I'll need to split to prevent swarming this first year?

My city has a bylaw that limits the number of colonies that I'm allowed to have on my property. (2 colonies and 2 nuc colonies). I'm sure I wouldn't be the only urban apiarist who has these limitations. When I'm at capacity, what tools are available to prevent overcrowding / minimize the risk of swarming?

Many thanks!
 

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I would say the odds are fairly low that you will see a swarm this year. The odds are not zero, but they're not high either. Your decision to split will really be based on the strength of your growing colony. Over time (and assuming you have no losses), you will reach the bylaw limit. Time to sell a nuc, etc. Give it time though and deal with your first nuc for the time being.
 
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