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  1. #1
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    Default clumps of one swarm in a friends garden?

    Hello all
    I picked up a small swarm two days ago, I then get a call that there are two more swarms in a tree in the same garden so I picked those up also. I combined them all
    as I felt it too coincidental that they were seperate swarms and they are playing along nicely now, but is this usual, or could it be a sign that their is no queen for this swarm?

    thanks in advance

    John

    http://naturalbeekeepingblog.blogspot.com/

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    Default Re: clumps of one swarm in a friends garden?

    Typically each of those after swarms will have a virgin queen with them.

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    Default Re: clumps of one swarm in a friends garden?

    Well we have the combined three of them with no problems what so ever. I find it way too much of a coincidence that three there would be three individual swarms ( just got a call to say a fourth just showed up ).

    Can you combine swarms with virgin queens ?

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    Default Re: clumps of one swarm in a friends garden?

    Swarms often don't know who their queen is. They are just attracted by Nasonov and QMP. I've seen several swarms on the same day and the size of the cluster of one will shrink while another grows. And then it may go back again. Also there are often several queens in each swarm.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: clumps of one swarm in a friends garden?

    Just had that happen. Large swarm left, Two smaller swarms ended up on a tree limb. Hived them separately. Both have laying queens now. I gave each a frame of capped brood.

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