Unusual Nuc situation!!
Made up several nucs on Saturday and Sunday. Came home yesterday to discover a VERY LARGE swarm on one of the nuc boxes. There were about 25 nucs made up and they picked the hardest one for them to get to. I got inside and saw the cell was still in tact but there were so many bees I couldn't find a queen. I decided to divide the frames into separate boxes to see if they would come to her???? Nope!!!! I did see a few bees flying high and saw a very small cluster up in the mulberry tree. The other bees and there were a lot of them , I think the biggest swarm I'd ever seen stayed behind on the brood. There were about 2 to 3 thousand bees still on the ground and moving towards the other nuc boxes.. Strange! Shook some more off this morning into a box but still about 1k on the board the boxes were on. Small swarm still in the mulberry. Is this common? I made up some other boxes and put a lemongrass stick in but no luck yet. Do I just divide the bees up amongst the nucs?
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Leave the one queen cell in the original box and have a big hive from the start (if she becomes a breeder?).
Last edited by oklabizznessman; 07-10-2012 at 11:52 AM.
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