Spring is here, and our hive is ramping up at an insane pace. Since our last inspection 3 weeks ago, the bees have almost entirely filled the Flow super, and the brood box is brimming with bees (there are traffic jams at the front entrance). There is also a full traditional super left over after winter on the very top of the hive.
I suspect we’re going to have to split the hive to stop them from swarming imminently, so I’ve been reading about some artificial swarm techniques. I have a couple of stackable, 5 frame nucleus boxes at the moment which I was hoping to use.
A couple of questions:
- When I use the Pagden method, do I actually have to replace the brood box with a new one in the old location? Wouldn’t it be easier just to pull all the brood frames (bar one with the queen on it) out of the original brood box and put them in a new box in a new location?
- Is there an alternative method that doesn’t involve finding the queen? Even after a year of inspections, I’m still struggling to find her.