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  1. #1
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    Apr 2002
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    I went to look at my hives last week and saw a small swarm gathered on a weed stem. They were about the size of your fist. I had to go out so I put them in a hive body with some foundation. I went back and ck'd on them and they were building some comb and storing honey. I looked and there was no queen, just workers. Why would they leave like that at this time of year?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Are you in a drought? You can combine them later after they settle down.

  3. #3
    BILLY BOB Guest

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    I have no idea.

    I know Tenn. isn't in a drought. Hmmmmm.

    1. could have been a superseded queen that left the hive

    2. could have been a small swarm that lost the queen (she died, got ate ect.).

    3. could have been a small swarm that left a few scouts behind.

    that's all I can come up with right now

    BB

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
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    The Scenic Flint Hills , KS
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    Have you checked out the condition of your hives? There might be something going on that drove them out.

    Bill

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