Just did an inspection on my two TBHs, each 4 ft long, by 14" wide (sloped sides, so the base is about 9" wide).
These hives are about 3 years old.
The queens are laying like crazy. About 3/4 or more of the box is full of brood, leaving only about 7 bars in the back for storage.
One of the boxes had a lot of queen cells (is that the proper name for the cells where they are making a new queen?), the other did not.
I do have a 3rd empty box, if there is some management I can do to move them...but without a 3rd queen, not sure.
I am not too concerned with swarming. I don't want to freak the neighbors, but believe swarming provides some good for all. This is a hobby, and I'm not concerned with maximum honey production.
Are there any actions I need to take to 'thin the herd' or better manage these hives? Should I start culling the queen cells?