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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Indiana, Clay County

    Default Normal setback or should I pinch the queen ??

    Had one hive come through winter with a large , grapefruit size cluster. I fed from late March to middle of May; by this time this hive was occupying 2 mediums full of bees.

    Well, late May early June, I opened them up and found 5 or 6 swarm cells. I rearranged the brood nest, added another super , in the third spot of 4 , and tore down the swarm cells. It seemed to work, as the bees did not swarm.

    The hive though, is slow to be building up now. The brood pattern is marginal; though I found several frames of capped brood ( appx 30 % covered mediums ) and 50 or open cells of larvae, and a fat cordovan colored queen ???

    Is this normal after disrupting a hive swarming ?? Mabye this queen is poor now; its her second year, and should I pinch now and go on ?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    goshen, ma


    2 meds doesn't seem all that impressive to me i would pinch her and requeen.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Lyons, CO


    And next time make nucs with a couple of those swarm cells and see how they do. Then when you pinch her you've got a working newspaper combine in the wings .
    Bees, brews and fun
    in Lyons, CO


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