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  1. #1
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    Default How soon does swarm queen start laying?

    How long after hiving a swarm before the queen starts laying? I got one 8 days ago, and they have drawn out a good bit of comb, but almost all of it is being filled with nectar. I don't see any evidence of the queen (no eggs or larvae). Of course, it may be there and I just didn't see it.

    I have them in a deep Nuc, and I added a second box today to give them more room (I don't have any extra 10 frame woodenware right now), but I'm worried that I may not have a queen. Maybe I should just combine them with one of my weak hives? How long should I wait to see?

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    Default Re: How soon does swarm queen start laying?

    Sometimes as soon as two or three if she's the old queen and sometimes as long as three weeks if she's a virgin.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: How soon does swarm queen start laying?

    I wouldn't add another box til they have 8 of 10 frames drawn out in first box

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    Default Re: How soon does swarm queen start laying?

    Quote Originally Posted by kbenz View Post
    I wouldn't add another box til they have 8 of 10 frames drawn out in first box
    It's gonna be tight getting 10 frames in that 5 frame box....

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    Default Re: How soon does swarm queen start laying?

    Try 8!!!

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    Default Re: How soon does swarm queen start laying?

    duh-huh,, maybe I should read it a little better

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