make an artificial swarm by shaking them down to a new hive.All,
Thanks for the advice. I have better success at catching swarms than queens, so I'll let them swarm and do my best.
My experience has shown that if the hive is going to swarm, no amount of "preventing" it will work. You might win the battle, but you'll lose the war. If you are able to keep them, they will be so demoralized that they won't amount to much the rest of the season. Better to let them swarm and catch it. I caught many of my own swarms over the years.if your hive is going to swarm - id be thinking of ways to provent it rather then how to cope with it -