OK- so I got my first swarm call out last week- a huge swarm of golden Italian bees from a hive that was requeened with a queenlsand bred queen late last year. Very happy with that addition to my apiary. Just two days later- one of my own best hives suddenly swarmed- it was like an Alfred Hitchcock movie in my back yard… I managed to catch that and then went into the hive to see what was going on and found 8 superb queen cells- so I quickly made a split as well- suddenly turning one hive into three in one day.
Having seen that- I decided I needed to urgently inspect more hives and found many with the beginnings of swarm signs- and one with a fully developed queen cell. I saw a lot of frames with wall to wall capped brood that tells me populations are about to explode. Havn’t seen brood like that for months and months and months. Spent today and yesterday weakening out hives, making splits, adding fresh foundation, removing frames of honey and putting supers on.
If you haven’t checked already: CHECK YOUR HIVES NOW! Be ready for swarm signs and be ready to take preventative action.
Oh and Jeff you’d like this: I had one hive that was probably saved from swarming by it’s migratory lid- which the bees had filled with around 5kg’s of superb capped honey. Had that space not been there they would have swarmed by now I reckon, it acted as a perfect stop valve and an extra shallow foundationless super.