Is it possible to prevent swarming by replacing brood frames with empty frames?
Hello! I’m interested in recreational beekeeping but this is not something that will be possible for me for a couple years at least. In the meantime, I’m just living vicariously through this sub! 🙂
I’ve thought of several reasons why beekeeping might not be for me, though, and the biggest is swarming. I wouldn’t want or have the space for more than two colonies, so I’m not too keen at the idea of splitting my hives every year. Would it be possible to prevent swarming by having a queen excluder and swapping out full brood frames with empty frames when the colony starts growing? (And freeze the frames for winter or whenever the queen isn’t laying very much?) Would the bees still swarm anyway if their population is artificially controlled like this?