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What is the possibility for bees to swarm in autumn? Had a look in my hives today, and in the one hive (3x 3/4, about 11 full frames of solid honey and the queen laying beautifully) had two queen cells at the bottom of one of the frames. This is a hive that lost its queen in January and I did a paper combine on at the time. Could it still be queen cells that were created before I did the combine? I would have have expected them to tear all the queen cells down after they were QR again.
Hi Just wanting some feedback from commercial operators. I note that I hardly ever see swarm cells in the bottom box of a double or triple decker. On one video tutorial I watched where the Beek was choosing not to use a Q excluder he chose to simply lift each box and check under the Box bottom bar for swarm cells. While most Q cells appear there apart from supercede which tend to be in the middle of the frame. I thought that while this method was quick I thought you could get caught out easily and there have been a few times when the place them along the side bars etc. So as our hive numbers grow I was wondering what is the most effective and time efficient way to do it. Is it still inspect every frame in each box or do commercials do it slightly differently? What I am getting at is it a waste of time checking the bottom box when you have a double or triple. I still continue to check them but like I said I hardly ever see them in the bottom box so wonder if I am wasting my time doing this?