Well, my poor swarm prevention skills continued today. Had another hive to swarm. I was a bit disappointed because they went about 30 feet up a tree and I had no way to get to them. After watching for 15 minutes or so, they all went back to the hive! I was pretty confused so I told my boys it was time to call the "Master". Quick call to Iddee and he explained that the queen failed to leave with the swarm and that was why they returned. I tried my best to find that queen because Iddee said they would likely swarm again tomorrow if I didn't get her out of there. Must have looked close to an hour and never could find her. I saw plenty of larvae, but no eggs. What's up with that? Do they stop laying prior to swarming? He also told me how to shake the bees onto an excluder to find her, but I'm not sure I really understand exactly how to do that. I'll have to get a more detailed lesson at the next meeting. There were three or four frames with swarm cells. I went ahead and pulled one frame with a couple of cells and some brood frames to make a split. Maybe I got lucky and the queen was on one of these frames. There were several other swarm cells left behind. Even if I missed her and the hive still swarms, maybe pulling some frames will cut down on the number of swarms. The other hive has thrown three already -- one got away and I caught two. I don't want three out of this one. I'm running out of equipment! With two packages arriving today, my original plans were to go from two hives to four. As of this moment, I'm already at seven!