The Modified Pagden Method of Swarm Control

(aka the Artificial Swarm)

Introduction

This method of swarm control is identical to the "classic" Pagden method except that it is not necessary to find and move the queen to the new brood box.  This method may be preferred by those who have difficulty in locating an elusive queen.  The trigger for this method is once again the presence of charged queen cells in the hive.

For this manipulation you will need -

1.   Hive Floor

2.  Brood Box (filled with frames of foundation or frames of drawn comb)

3.  Crown Board

4.  Roof

STEP 1

Remove the Roof, Crown Board, any Supers and the Queen Excluder from the hive.

STEP 2

Move the original brood box and floor approximately 1 meter to one side and place the new brood box and floor in the original position.  Any flying bees will return to the new brood box.

STEP 3

Remove 2 frames to make a space in the centre of the new brood box and place a frame with adhering bees from the original box into the centre of the new brood box.  The frame must contain brood in all stages.  Ensure the frame does not have any queen cells.  If necessary, you can also transfer a frame of stores.  Close the frames up in the new brood box and add frames to make up the number of frames.

STEP 4

Add the Queen Excluder, Super, Crown Board and Roof to the new brood box.  The Super is added to ensure some provision of stores. 

STEP 5

Add a Queen Excluder, Crown Board and Roof to the original brood box.

NOTES:

If the Queen IS on the single brood frame that is moved, then the following will occur in the new brood box -

the queen will be separated from the brood

the queen will resume laying

If the Queen is NOT on the single brood frame that is moved, then the following will occur in the original brood box -

the queen will be separated from the flying bees

any queen cells in the original brood box will be destroyed by the colony

the queen will resume laying

queen cells will be raised in the new brood box

STEP 7

After 7 days, inspect both of the colonies.  If the single frame added to the new brood box has queen cells, select the best cell and remove all others.

© 2017 by Barkston Ash Beekeepers (BABKA)

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