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  1. #1
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    Default What to check (and when) in the old hive after a swarm?

    I had a swarm and afterswarm in one of my hives on Sun. July 1 (afterswarm on July 5...caught this one). I went into the hive yesterday and noticed capped drone brood but little worker brood, capped or not. Is this a bad sign? How long before the new queen would be laying. I'm not sure what time-line to follow to expect what. Should I move a frame of brood into the hive? There is a good number of bees actively bringing in nectar. and wax is being drawn. Thanks, Jim

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    Warrior, Alabama
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    Default Re: What to check (and when) in the old hive after a swarm?

    Out of safety I would give them a frame with eggs and newly hatching. If they have a virgin they will raise them. If the don't they will start q-cells.
    Either way they need the help after losing so many workers to the swarms.
    Old Guy in Alabama

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    Default Re: What to check (and when) in the old hive after a swarm?

    Swarms typically occur after queen cells have been capped, but before the virgins emerge. So, if they swarmed soon after capping, it could easily be three weeks before you have mated, laying queen.

    Not seeing much brood is typical, since the departing queen usually stops laying in advance of swarming.

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