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swarm during a dearth ?

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it's been a horribly dry summer here and i've had fighting and robbing to no end. Most of my hives produced no surplus. In fact most are so light i'm worried they wont make it through winter. so i started feeding them. 3 days later i got a swarm. 2 days after that(yesterday) i got another swarm.

Did my feeding 1:1 after so much heat and dry weather make them think it's a good time to swarm? They all have PLENTY of empty space.

Should I switch up to 2:1 ?? some of the hives need to build up the population a bit and all need stores.
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