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  1. #1
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    Default swarm question

    I am new to bees as of 2 months ago when I installed a 3# package into a TBH. The bees were doing great no issues when today I found a swarm in the tree next to my hive. I captured the swarm into a cardboard box and cut an entrance for them.

    The hive I started 2 months ago is still full of bees and they look fine. Of course it had a lot less bees today than when I checked last week.

    What do I do next?
    Do I try to put the swarm back in my hive?
    Do I need to visit the hardware store and build out a second TBH tomorrow after church?
    Do I now have two queens with two distinct colonies or is my original hive without a queen?

    day 57 swarm.jpg

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    Default Re: swarm question

    Quote Originally Posted by b haley View Post
    Do I now have two queens with two distinct colonies?

    day 57 swarm.jpg
    Yes you do. Congratulations, make them a proper hive and your set

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    Default Re: swarm question

    As Jim said you now have two hives. After you make them a permanent home your next concern should be if you have a good queen in each hive. It will be at least 4 days before you can see larva so focus on building number two now.
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    Default Re: swarm question

    Thank you! That swarm was unexpected, and quite the excitement yesterday. I had no idea they would do that so soon.

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    Default Re: swarm question

    They won't stay in that tree for very long. They are deciding where to go so I suggest getting them as soon as possible.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
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