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Thread: New bees

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    swainsboro,georgia, usa


    How do you keep new bees from flying away from a hive?

  2. #2
    BILLY BOB Guest


    Hey 02,

    I'm from Monroe Ga, maybe you can stop by the chat room one night and we can talk. Somebody is generaly there between 9:00pm and 10:00.

    I'm not quite sure what you're asking. Do you mean how do you keep a new introduced package of bees from flying away?

    Once a swarm, package, or split of bees have been placed into a hive they will most likely stay. I have only had problems with bees flying away when I didn't get the queen when I got the swarm. Sometimes when a hive of bees in a house or tree have been removed they may leave. I've found if you put some brood from another hive in with them they will stay.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA


    If you are talking about a package they occasionly abscond but not often enough that I worry about it. If you are talking about a hive, they rarely abscond, especially if there is any brood in the hive. If you are worried about it or think the situation might encourage them to abscond, put a queen excluder on the bottom board and make sure there is no upper entrance and the queen can't leave. They will not leave without her.

    [This message has been edited by Michael Bush (edited March 24, 2004).]


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