Hi all from Brisbane, South East Qld,
A few weeks ago I split my hive even though there wasn’t any signs of swarming other than it was quite a full hive. I try to split before any queen cells appear as I’m in suburbia and I don’t want to annoy my neighbours plus there have been quite a few people wanting to buy my nucs.
My strategy was to allow them to re-queen naturally. A couple of weeks later I did a brood inspection and saw 7 or 8 nice queen cells so I thought beaudy, everything is on-track.
Around the time the queens were due to hatch there were 2 swarms, both of which I was unable to catch. And today, 4 days later, another big swarm which thankfully I caught.
I’ll be honest, my understanding was that when the new queens emerged, they would play a ‘survival of the fittest’ game and I’d be left with the most dominant queen.
Is anyone able to share their knowledge as to what I can do next time to avoid this?
Plus is it viable to dispatch one queen and re-combine the swarm and hive?
Best regards all.