How long does that process take for them to swarm?As long as the colony cluster has brood clear to the top of the frames in the upper brood box, you have nothing to fear about swarming. When the bees start plugging the brood nest with incoming nectar is when bees indicate they are preparing their nest to swarm. Mr Wright and his nectar management will help you deal with the process. Supering too early can indeed set your colony back.
About as long as it takes them to cap the swarm cells. Once they decide to swarm the queen will lay in the swarm cups. 8.5-9 days later the cell will be capped and the queen could leave anytime at that point.How long does that process take for them to swarm?
Ok! Even though i couldnt find any babiy bees i noticed some honey bees head first in the cells, upon research i read they were "warming up" the babies an keeping them warm so thats encouraging to know unless it means somethin else? But ya appreciate itAbout as long as it takes them to cap the swarm cells. Once they decide to swarm the queen will lay in the swarm cups. 8.5-9 days later the cell will be capped and the queen could leave anytime at that point.
As such, this is why most commercial operations go through each hive every 9 days during swarm season - to check for and knock down any swarm cells and manage from there appropriately. As swarm cells are nearly always at the bottom of the frames, they can simply tilt back the boxes to look at the bottoms.
What kind of bees do you have? I got bees locally and bee dude said that the bees are to big to use a queen excluder there italianThank you everyone, I knew there would be a draw back, however I decided to super one of the strongest hive to prevents them from any thought of swarming. I shall see. I am doing lot of experiments like that to see what works best. I have managed to increase my survival rate coming out of winter, I still need to improve on swarm prevention.