Hey Y’all! Greetings from Nashville Tennessee!
I’m struggling with swarms and splits in my hives during the honey flow. I think I’m doing something wrong because I’ve done splits, captured my hive swarms and the hives keep making queens and it’s a bee factory in my hives this year.
The good news is my management strategy of bee health is going well at this time.
The bee space knowledge is at a deficit with 8 frame brood boxes, a flow super on 3 hives and it’s still crowded.
I think I need to do something and here is what I’ve come up with. So offer up suggestions because I’m needing directions. I’ve made 6 splits so far. 6 swarms so far.
Should I add another super or deep brood box with foundation-less frames to give the girls space and enlarge the hive?
When they are about to swarm they gorge on the honey from the super then take off.
The current situation among hives A B C.
Hive A, queen cells, non located queen, no new brood tons of capped honey pollen in the brood boxes almost looks honey bound. Incredible amount of bees - needs bee space? Flow super almost full with capping under construction at 40% completion.
Hive B, newly mated queen and new brood production is healthy and capped, with about 6 frames of capped honey in the brood boxes. Flow super is worked though no nectar in it yet.
Hive C, same as hive B. but more capped honey in the brood boxes. It’s just the beginning for the new queen.
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