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Thread: How many swarms

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
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    Pequot Lakes, Minnesota
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    Default How many swarms

    Hello all.... I have a top bar hive..
    Last year I started with 3 lb of bees
    this last week end I lost two swarms the hive still has many bees.
    Just how many times can the hive swarm in one day ?
    Also how many bees would be in swarm like the ones in the pics
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  2. #2
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    Nov 2004
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    Brown County, IN
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    Default Re: How many swarms

    I had a colony swarm 3 times (that I know of) last summer, but not in one day. Usually swarms are a day or two apart, as virgins emerge.

    Those look like good-sized swarms in your pics. Maybe 5 to 6 lbs (15-to-20 thousand bees).

  3. #3
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    Aug 2010
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    Ulster County, NY
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    Default Re: How many swarms

    Get yourself some swarm traps! Give your bees a bit of time for the virgin queen to mate, return, and start laying eggs. Did you see many swarm cells in your hive?

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