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Swarm Control of Honey Bee Colonies

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The basic idea of swarm control is very simple indeed... Separate the queen and the brood. However there are a multitude of ways of achieving this and some of these methods are still known by the names of the individuals that invented or popularised the methods.

I have used various methods and I have tried out almost all of the methods in the index at left. The methods that I have been most comfortable with are:- artificial swarming, Demaree, removing a nucleus and selection of non swarmy strains.


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Written... 19 December 2001
Worked on... 19 January 2002
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