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csalt
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« on: February 11, 2013, 05:57:32 PM »

Hello all, just getting back into beekeeping after a year off due to buying a new house and other time comsuming things. I just brought my two hives to my new property and one was doing ok, the other was packed full. One deep 10 frame and one med. I think the bees were getting ready to swarm due to all the queen cells at the bottom of the frames. I took 2 frames of honey and pollen and 2 frames of brood with the queen cells and put them in a another deep. I ckecked them today and they seem fine. Was this ok to do or should i have done something different. Will it keep my full hive from swarming?
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2013, 06:51:15 PM »

a better way to go is to move the queen and some frames to another hive. that way the hive thinks it has swarmed and MIGHT not do it.  keep an eye on the main hive.  since you moved the queen cells, if they swarm anyway, you may end up with a queenless hive. 

i'll let someone from your area chime in on whether or not you should redo your split.  your weather and resources are to different from mine.
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2013, 07:02:35 PM »

If i put the queen in the new hive should i put the frames with queen cells back in the original hive and replace with others.
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2013, 07:29:11 PM »

Yes. You can split up the cells to make new splits depending on how many frames they are on but the main thing is to get the old queen outta there and make them think they have swarmed already.

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