advice needed. i carried out an artificial swarm last week. i opened the new hive that is in the original position with the old queen to find that even though she's laying and there are plenty of larvae, there were 4 small queen cells present after a week! there is only about 4 frames of bees (i checked them at lunch time when it was warm so presumably there were more out foraging) however i only have one frame of brood and one frame of stores with her from the artificial swarm. they havn't really attempted to make new comb on the foundation i put in. should i put in more brood and another frame of brood from the parent hive? are they trying to swarm again because there isn't enough space to store nectar only new foundation? help!
22 May 2012 - 9:07pm#1
building queen cells AFTER artificial swarm