We are officially in Autumn in Perth, but it is very hot and humid and there is a great Marri blossom flow on. We have 3 hives full of bees with a queen excluder and one or two supers on each with plenty of room for nectar storage.
The problem that we are having is that the bees are backfilling the brood nest with nectar. We have tried to checkerboard and the bees have drawn out the new frame and again added nectar. There is still lots of capped workers, and some larvae (though no where near as much as a week ago), and we did see one of the queens. There were no queen cells in two of the hives and a play cup in one (still empty from last week), but obviously I’m very worried they will start swarm preparations soon.
So my question is what else can I do to try and get them laying and stop the inevitable swarming? We are checkerboarding on a weekly basis, but this doesn’t seem to be resulting in more eggs & larvae. There are plenty of drones in the the hives so I think there is a late swarming season here. That said I don’t want to split this late in the season, as I want a super full of honey per hive going into winter, and ideally still want to be able to harvest some flow honey, or at least have the bees draw out the flow frames.
Any advice would be much appreciated.