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Is my hive about to swarm..?


#1

I can see some drones starting to fly out of the hive… does this mean that they are getting ready to swarm…?


#2

You need to inspect the brood box. Are they making queen cells? If yes, then they are preparing to swarm. If no, then they are preparing for Spring. :blush:


#3

I have drones flying out my hives at all times- and they have yet to swarm ever. So the answer is no- simply seeing some drones on their own doesn’t mean anything and is normal. As Dawn said you must look inside to see what is actually going on.


#4

Thanks guys. I’m in Melbourne Victoria. I’m going to have a peek tomorrow (weather permitting) is it too early to put a second box on with wax foundation frames…?


#5

I’ve got supers on now here. Next month or so provides the biggest flow of the year here in urban Tas for me.


#6

Hi Paul, still too cool in Melbourne to be putting additional space into your hive. How did you go with the inpsection?


#7

Went really well… it is full of honey bees brood pollen and larvae… there were basically no cells left for the queen to lay… and there was a lot of honey and capped brood… plus I found the queen!!
I didn’t get this message until after the inspection and added a second brood box… I think they should be ok…? Tell me if they’re not lol…
There looked to be pollen and nectar coming in and there were a lot of bees… so to prevent them from deciding to swarm I just added another 8 frame brood box straight on top with wax foundation to allow for the population boom that is about to happen in there…
Open for criticism and advice though please…


#8

You should be right, they will need to consume more stores to keep warm and draw out the wax in the super. To help keep the brood nest warm I put a hive mat over the top with a gap around the sides so they get up into the super if needed.