I know!! I am going to follow your writings about opening the broodnest by incorporating empty frames into the brood boxes once the weather warms up. I feel like I might need to do something before then "just in case" - last year they swarmed on Easter Sunday (April 12) which I thought was pretty early. Counting the weeks backward from that date, I am getting anxious to do something pretty soon so they don't get any ideas in their heads.I'm fond of never...
I assume, then, that the queen will move down on her own and everything will be fine. If the queen starts laying brood in the upper chamber before she moves down, how do you accomplish opening the broodnest with brood in the upper chamber where you would put the brood from the lower? Are you able to follow that confusing question?I'm fond of never...
If I under stand it correctly, you don't move brood from the bottom deep to the top deep to open up the brood nest. You remove a frame of honey or two from the sides, spread the brood nest and insert empty frames keeping two frames of brood between each empty frame. You need to have enough bees to festoon the space inside the empty frame/s so the cluster can stay intact, and it's not recommended until night time temps are above freezing or higher. This is very simplified so you should do more research.If the queen starts laying brood in the upper chamber before she moves down, how do you accomplish opening the broodnest with brood in the upper chamber where you would put the brood from the lower?
So what nectar source is blooming in the first half of April that would increase the chances of swarming? When does it start? Add a couple supers of comb at the end of March, or April 1.I too had a hive swarm about the middle of April and I reverse last year. Obviously I did it wrong, but this year I'm going to try opening the brood. I'm also a little nervous I'll get a swarm before I can start. We'll see!
Tomorrow.When is the best time to do this?
CJM: Don't feel bad, I have been reading a lot this winter on methods to prevent swarming & I still don't understand the timing.I'm wondering the same thing. I hope the more experienced NC beekeepers will announce when they do it so I can go out there and do it too
Without any more information, I might reverse brood boxes on the next warm day when I see them flying. I also am going to distribute the frames of brood mixed with empty frames (for natural comb building) between my two deeps pretty soon (...I think... but when?) and eventually into my third deep once it warms more steadily.
Someone tell us when!