Time for swarm prevention

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Finally took the time to inspect my bee hives. One was pretty strong coming out of winter . I decided it needed a simulated swarm, so I found the queen and put here and 4 frames of brood and nurse bees in a separate hive body. This fools the original hive into thinking the hive swarmed with the queen . They will create some queen cells to make a new queen. Hopefully she will emerge and have a successful mating flight and return to the hive and keep the hive going.
Most of the time it goes smoothly and they never miss a beat. Sometimes the queen doesn't make it back and you have to step in and make sure you don't wind up with a laying worker. Laying worker is just an unmated female bee that will only make male bees from her unfertilized eggs.
 

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My hay rake has been a easy swarm catcher. Back when I had about 40 hives and falling behind on inspections.
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