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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
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    Bozeman, MT
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    Question Swarming questions

    Hello,
    I am a new beekeeper (and new to this site). Last week one of my 2 hives swarmed, and somehow we were able to capture them into a box and transport them to a friend's house about 10 miles away who had an empty hive. My question is, when can I bring the bees back to my property? I was also wondering if it is ok to place the hive next to my other colonies (from where they swarmed).
    Thanks!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
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    Lk Stevens, WA
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    I would leave them at your friends place for a week before bring them home. You can put them right next to your other hives with no problems. Make sure you strap the hive together during transport. Scott

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Chittenango,Ny (upstate)
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    Once they are established they should be fine. If you put the swarm on drawn comb frames they should be OK to move after a few days. If you put them on foundation I would wait a week. You can put them next to your old hives.

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