In this thread: http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php/topic,38585.0.html,
I was asking advice as one of our hives swarmed yesterday morning and then went back to the hive in the evening. It was advised to split the hive.
So this morning, we went out and the hive was swarming yet again. This time they settled in a tree right by the hive. We were getting things together to capture it, when the swarm went back into the hive again.
We proceeded with the split then.
We don’t have enough equipment to start another hive, so for now, we just split them into two unused stacked honey supers, taking the marked queen and five other frames of bees.
The hive they were split from did not have any queen cells (except for one small swarm cell in the making, but there was no egg in it), and the hive had zero drones . . . no drones spotted, no drone brood. Our other three hives are the same way when we checked them a few weeks ago, and I haven’t seen any drones entering or exiting hives for nearly a month.
We have been in an extreme drought and there has been little forage. There was around four deep frames worth of honey and nectar in the hive, and there was still plenty of room for the queen to lay.
Since there are no drones, even if the hive should make queens out of eggs in the hive, a virgin queen would not be able to be mated unless there are other hives somewhere around that have drones.
Because of all of this, my question is, is it possible to give the original hive and the split awhile to settle down, get over the swarm urge, and then re-combine them?
Another question I had is that the marked queen still looked rather plump and seemed like she was still laying (by her behavior and the fact that there were several frames of eggs in the hive) . . . if so, why would the hive swarm then? I had thought the queen would always stop her laying before a swarm.
Also, why would they swarm when there weren’t any swarm cells?
Any advice would be much appreciated! I’m a little at a loss as to what to do next . . . thanks in advance!