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  1. #1
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    Default Are My Bees Planning to Swarm??

    So I opened up the hives today (2 of them started from nucs last May) and along the bottom of 2 frames in the top box were what i only could assume were swarm cells but i am not sure. It looked more like bridge comb between the bottom and top frames but given this is my second year i have only seen pictures of swarms cells and some supercedure cells in some frames i was given. All these cells were destroyed as i pulled out the frames for inspection so i scraped them off the frames. The warm weather sneaked up on me this year and i feel like i should opened them up a couple weeks ago.

    Long story short, i found queens in both which were back down in the bottom box and laying. I moved a couple empty frames that hadn't been fully drawn closer to the middle. I also moved a couple frames full of bees (no eggs, larva, etc.) down to the bottom box and put empties up top as well. I was kind of in panic mode here so i am not sure if i screwed up or not but i was trying to spread things out a little so they felt like they had more room. I did however keep the brood together. Should i be overly concerned, should i split the hives (they are both pretty strong but only maybe 13 or 14 of 20 frames are fully drawn in each hive), should i set a swarm trap just in case? Could all this just be bridge comb and not swarm cells at all?

    Thanks for any help/advice.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2010
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    Default Re: Are My Bees Planning to Swarm??

    Sometimes they build some crazy comb.Queen cells would apear to look like a peanut shell. Found on the bottom 1/3 swarm. Top 2/3 supercedure.With the Queens being in the bottom box and you have given them room to move up, I wouldn"t worry too much at this point

  3. #3
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    Meherrin, Virginia, USA
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    Default Re: Are My Bees Planning to Swarm??

    Your bees are most likely building comb to raise drones. If the cells in the comb were horizontal or there is a lot of exposed larvae when you pull the frames out, they are raising drones. That said, I just split 2 hives yesterday that had queen cells started. I have been feeding syrup and pollen substitute since the beginning of Feb. I also split a friends hive who has not been feeding and that hive had a queen cell started also. Swarm cells usually hang vertically at the bottom or edges of the frame. Bees will usually have plenty of honey stored before they swarm.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Are My Bees Planning to Swarm??

    Thanks for the reassurance that's what i was thinking but i wasn't positive. I think I was shocked at how strong the hives were, which for some reason i wasn't expecting, so i might have jumped to some conclusions pretty quickly when i saw the comb.

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