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  1. #1
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    Feb 2011
    Memphis, TN

    Default Observation hive bees absconded, recaptured

    What should I do now? My observation hive bees absconded last week. I think this was due to stress from hive beetles. Yesterday, I noticed them in a tree about 20 feet above the hive entrance. They were too high to reach, so I put an 8-frame medium on a ladder below them and baited it with honey and lemongrass oil. By this afternoon, the cluster was gone and there was much activity at the entrance to the box, so I assume the cluster has occupied it.

    What should I do next? I want to do whatever has the best chance of keeping the queen and colony alive to build up again next spring. I could leave them in the box, or try to reinstall them in the observation hive. Either way, I think I'll have to add more bees, as the cluster was only slightly larger than a softball when I saw it in the tree.

  2. #2
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    Jun 2008
    Yuba County, California, USA

    Default Re: Observation hive bees absconded, recaptured

    I would put them into a nuc box, and give them a frame of sealed brood and a frame of stores. This would be an option, if you have the resources to do so.
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