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  1. #1
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    Default Weather and swarming

    If a hive is prepared to swarm within a day or so ( capped queen cells present ) and the weather suddenly turns real nasty ( several days of heavy rain and thunderstorms ) does anyone have an idea as to what will happen? Will the hive swarm regardless or will it somehow postpone the issue ( destruction of queen cells ):confused:. On another note, I'm pretty happy that I am signed up for a two day presentation here in Nova Scotia with the author of Natural Beekeeping, Ross Conrad.

  2. #2
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    Default Weather and swarming

    Why not place an Entrance Guard on the front until the weather breaks. Also, if it was me I would, as soon as you can, take the queen out and some bees and place them in a new hive and place a guard on it as well. Leaving the new Queen cells and hive in place as if it had swarmed. Saves chasing them down in a tree some place. Once she starts working in that hive laying remove the guard.

  3. #3
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    I see a lot of swarms right before a storm.

  4. #4
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    Yes, the bees in the hive can prevent the time of swarming and even prevent queens from hatching until the time is right as judged by the workers.

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