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We have a particular swarm-happy hive this year.

1. We have already had 4 swarms from it; 3 were recaptured. Fist swarm was 12 days ago. When we inspected the hive after the latest swarm – this morning – we were astonished to see 4 queens hatch out before our eyes and about 6 or 8 still capped and ready queen cells just waiting to hatch. This is a very active hive. When we inspected the hive we truly expected to see a tiny population left (after 4 swarms), but it still has a bunch so long as they do not swarm again! Today’s swarm is comparatively smaller than the previous 3.

2. What can we do to stop the swarming of this particular hive? We don’t have equipment to keep starting new hives, as it takes a while to get anything shipped in or built, not to mention it gets expensive.

3. Before we put supers on this hive, we do not want a queen laying in the supers. Do we put a queen excluder on before the workers begin drawing out the comb or wait a couple days and then put the excluder on? We have heard them called “honey excluders.”

4. Or should we not even bother putting a super on right now? There is capped brood but no eggs or larva.

Thank you for your help!
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Look on the bright side, with 3 captured swarms you now have 4 times as many colonies for free (assumming you started with 1 hive). Plus your own swarms are the easiest to catch. Time to buy some more wooden ware and fast. If you dont want to keep them after you have hived or nuc'ed them, put an ad on your local CraigsList and sell them.

Not much you can do now after they have swarmed 4 times.

Put on a super, but dont worry about the queen excluder.
 
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