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  1. #1
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    Hived a swarm today. Provided shade and 1:1 sugar and water, and closed off entrance with screen. Bees are gathered at the back of the box, at the farthest point away from the entrance. What do I do now?

  2. #2
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    Let them make a few combs and move them forward.

    Keith
    Bee Sting Honey - So Good, It Hurts!

  3. #3
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    Do I need to remove the screen tomorrow? What about water for the bees to drink?

  4. #4
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    Remove the screen now. They will find their own water.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #5
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    Thanks for the help. I put a queen excluder at the entrance. Looks like bees are going to stay.

  6. #6
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    IF allowed to make some comb, they rarely leave after that, do they? It seems that they are really invested once they get a little comb built...they know the clock is ticking...the queen has to start laying...three weeks to the new bees...that is a large precentage of their lifespan...assuming they are new bees themselves.
    Plus, it takes a few days before a new nurse bee transitions to gatherer bee...they hardly have a day to spare. The older bees are already dieing off every day, the population will get low before it starts to increase...
    It is amazing that ANY EVER survive...isn't it?

    Roy

  7. #7
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    Once they have some comb drawn they seldom leave.

    But really, they seldom leave anyway. [img]smile.gif[/img]
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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