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So after trying to prevent a swarm by inspecting and adding a 2nd deep box, constantly feeding 1:1 sugar water, moving a brood frame up, they swarmed today.

Pretty awesome sight, but painful at the same time.

Couldn’t see where they flew off to, and couldn’t catch them.

I’m all demoralized today and I do not want to go in the hive today.

What is the next step?

Look for queen cells? See if it’s capped?

What I should I start doing next?
 

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Was it a brand new hive? If not feeding them syrup may have caused them to fill up the brood nest with syrup, run out of space, and decide to swarm.

When was the last time you checked the hive for queen cells? It would probably be a good idea to CAREFULLY check for some queen cells. If you do not see any queen cells you may have more problems. when you check the hive you can decide if you want to remove the queen cells and buy a queen or let the hive raise a new queen. If the hive is weak (less than 5+ frames of bees) you probably want to buy a queen because it will be a month+ before you have any new bees due to how long it takes for the queen to hatch, mate, and start laying.
 

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The hive was brand new.

I believe I’m queenless due to scraping the supercecure cell away.

Getting a new queen this week.
 

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Took some bad advice, now it costs me more time and money.
 

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Mine definitely swarmed on me. Population is down and I found 4-5 capped swarm cells. Question, can I buy a queen and place her in there and just remove the swarm cells? The reason why is because I want to maximize honey production and want the hive to expand. If the queen cells are capped what’s the maximum amount of time needed before a new queen starts laying?
 
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