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Managing Hives for June Swarms



Hey, new beekeepers! At Waterford Bee Company, we know that managing your first hive can come with its challenges. One key aspect to watch for is swarming, a natural part of bee life cycles, especially in spring. Here's how to spot if your bees are planning to swarm so you can take proactive steps to manage it:


  1. Overcrowding: A packed hive is a prime candidate for swarming. If the bees seem overcrowded and are spilling out of the entrance, it’s time to check inside.

  2. Queen Cells: Keep an eye out for queen cells at the bottom of the frames. These are larger than regular cells and are a strong indication that the hive is preparing to raise a new queen for a swarm.

  3. Change in Activity: Before a swarm, you might notice a surge in activity and then a sudden quietness as a large group of bees, including the old queen, leave the hive.

  4. Wax Production Increases: An increase in wax production and the building of new combs can also be a sign of impending swarming.


Understanding these signs can help you take steps such as providing more space or creating a new colony to prevent loss of your bees. Remember, a well-managed hive is less likely to swarm, so keep learning and stay observant!


🌻 For more tips and guidance on keeping your bees happy and your hives healthy, stay tuned to Waterford Bee Company!


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