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My first year and my hive is about to swarm....yet again. Didn't/couldn't prevent it the first time but determined to this time.

Question: should I split (I have a friend that will take the split) or should I keep them and add another brood chamber. I never wanted more than 1 hive but as many of you know, once you start with bees, seems you can never have just 1, huh?

I am a little nervous about having so many bees but I wonder if I will set my honey production back a little by splitting, therby reducing my numbers.

I am also concerned about not finding my queen while making the split and therby sending her away in the new hive with my friend.

Any advice is appreciated. I really am stumped on what to do. Thanks.
 

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Really sounds like you're call, either way you loose bees.
If you split, do the split. In a day or two see which one is building queen cells. Then you know which one to move.

If you have a box with drawn comb, just put it on top of the brood box. Then she has more room to lay eggs, & might not swarm.
 

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1.'...should I split ..."
thats the best way to stop swarming.
2."...seems you can never have just 1, huh..."
there are a lot of advantages to 2
3."...if I will set my honey production back a little ..."
not as much as a swarm will.
4."...sending her away in the new hive..."
if you have swarm cells, thats the best way to deter them.
good luck,mike
 
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