Swarm control basics 101

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by barry42001, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. barry42001

    barry42001 New Member

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    While you can't entirely eliminate swarm, one can surely dramatically reduce to nearly no swarming with a few simple techniques.
    1.) Brood space- sounds simple, but as a nectar flow commences, the bees need to spread out the nectar to condense it, if this is happening in the brood chamber, the queen will be greatly reduced on egg laying space especially so as.the nectar cures to honey and is capped off, becoming honey bound ( the queen )
    2.) Congestion in brood chambers-
    As the colony starts to rapidly increase in population, if the bees don't have enough space to spread out in, and as more continue to hatch out, congestion and ventilation issues arise by timely supering, adding a second brood chamber, and reversing them as needed will alleviate brood space, nectar storage, and by providing a upper entrance into the super it of congestion is avoided. Those few things, if done in a timely manner will tremendously reduce swarming.
    Barry
     
  2. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp New Member

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    Thanks Barry. You might want to look at #2 and smooth out the sentence. :) I understand what you wrote and was pretty well thinking along those lines.

    It seems to be the proverbial "rock and a hard place" situation ...you want the population high enough so your bees guard for shb but yet you don't want to crowd them too much for fear of swarming. Interesting tightrope, especially for a newbee!

    Ed
     

  3. Michbeeman63

    Michbeeman63 New Member

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    Isn't the best swarm control measure to split the hive?
     
  4. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Splitting the hive is one of the 'best' ways to prevent swarms, but it very much reduces your honey harvest on that hive for that year. That's why folks look for other ways of discouraging swarming without going as far as splitting the hive in half. A booming hive makes more honey.