Let me start by briefly describing our situation.
We have 3 standard hives (all 10 frames) situated in the sunshine coast area of SE Queensland.
2 of the hives are a single brood box with a single super. The other hive also has a single brood box but has 2 supers on top.
Currently the hives are packed with the bees busy bringing in plenty of pollen and nectar. The brood in each hive is healthy and fills 7 to 8 of the frames. Drone larvae and adult drones are present in each hive.
Our dilemma is that we really only want 3 or 4 hives and although it may sound silly we don’t want too much honey. There is only so much that you can consume yourself and give away to friends. For us it is truly a hobby and an interest for us.
I can see in the next few weeks to try to prevent swarming I will splitting at least 2 of the hives. Next week I will have to extracting honey from half of the super frames in each hive.
More hives. More honey. Bloody hell.
Is there a strategy we can adopt that we can restrict our little ladies from being so efficient?
I am serious here. Is there a way of restricting the bee numbers? I don’t really want to kill some of the bees just to keep their numbers under control.
Any advice welcomed