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September Swarm Control Split

posted Sep 8, 2014, 1:13 AM by Andrew Wootton   [ updated Sep 8, 2014, 4:34 PM ]
Inspected hive with Kirsten, Faye, Russell, Charlie and Andrew present.
Hive is very strong with top box absolutely full of capped honey.  Decided that a split should be done to pre-empt swarming, which will be inevitable with running out of space.  At this stage, no queen cells but plenty of capped drone brood showing they are getting ready to reproduce.  Found the queen (!) and marked her with pink paint.  Just as I went to put a discreet dot on the thorax while holding her gently by the head/legs in my fingers, the texta erupted a great splodge of paint which totally covered her wings!  Hope the other bees don't mind.
So because we had the queen, we did a split that was rather like an artificial swarm - Q+frame she was on+frame of pollen+frame of honey in new box with drawn comb relocated to original hive site.   Remaining frames of eggs, brood, honey stores and nurse bees in old box moved to one side.  Foragers all return to the new queen-right box (cf. swarm).  Nurse bees raise emergency queen cells in well resourced hive (well that's the theory).
Will check for Q-cells in 1 week.
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