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  1. #1
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    Nov 2011
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    Winhall, VT
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    Default 10 days after hiving swarm . . .

    Hived a swarm 10 days ago at a friends beeyard the other day and he didn't have more woodenware so I "helped" him by taking them away. Queen was a Carniolan from one of Vermont's best breeders. Swarm was too big for a single deep so they have been in two deeps of drawn comb.

    Today I inspect for the first time and that black beauty has filled six frames with eggs and larva. Very little capped brood at this point EXCEPT for a swarm cell on the bottom of a frame! Didn't take them long to decide on this apparently.

    I took the queen, which surprisingly hadn't left yet and three frames of brood and nurse bees, one frame of nectar and a frame of mixed nectar and pollen and dropped them in a nuc and put them on a stand a few feet away. Probably will need to shake a frame or two of bees into it soon. Only concern is that there wasn't much pollen on that frame but we will see I guess. Added five new frames to the original hive and buttoned them up.

    10 colonies and counting. This is fun.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Kingsport, Sullivan, Tennessee
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    Default Re: 10 days after hiving swarm . . .

    "...I "helped" him by taking them away."

    You're such a good friend to that poor pilgrim.

    So far, I've gone from 6 to 18 this year and still have more bees to remove from an old water heater tank.

    -james

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