After next week I will have 5 hives. I really only wanted 4 but I am ok with 5. All my hives will have double deep brood boxes and then will have the flow frames on top of the 2 brood boxes. Hive #5 I will not have the flow frames on and use it to generate honey for the other 4 for winter.
My question is how do you prevent/manage swarming when I do not want to start a new hive? I know bees will do what they want in the end, but if I see swarm cells, should I just let them swarm? If I keep the flow frames from being completely full what are my chances they will still swarm at some point? Should I pull frames of brood and discard just to keep space and population under control?
I do have a cousin that may want some more bees so I may have a source to give a split to. Otherwise, how should I managing swarming without doing a split?