So week before last I did two artificial swarms and a demaree. Now both old queens on the artificial swarms have put up new cells and swarmed even with loads of room to expand, and it looks like the demaree’d one has too.
What is it with these bees, they need to read the books more. I did my part and they skipped a chapter and swarmed anyway.
At least I have some nice queen cells in nucs and a couple of hatches.
The queen in the demaree hive wasn’t one I wanted; her children keep giving be a bit of a hard time – during the demaree quite a pasting, swollen for 3 days afterwards. But the other two were very nice. Fortunately it’s their children I have in mating hives.