Hello,
I am just a second year beekeeper...last year was really no problem...just a lot of learning and letting the new packages settle in. As I'm sure ALL of you know.....second year brings in a whole new school...swarms! Our weather was horrible throughout all of March...cold, windy, rainy, a few snowflakes, just nasty. The first pretty day in April one of my colonies took off in a HUGE swarm. I got it back and started a new colony. The parent hive has swarmed three more times since then, but that is for another topic.

The swarm I caught stayed two nights and on the third day took right off again. I caught it again and placed it in the box again, sealed up the entrance for 24 or so hours, fed them. The second time I was pretty sure I did not get the queen because a very small part of the swarm went higher into the tree and stayed, presumably with the queen (too high for me). The swarm that I caught was approx. a half of a 5-gallon bucket full. In that box I put a frame of nice brood and also a frame with brood and 2 capped queen cells. That was April 7 and seems they decided to stay...HOWEVER...

Three days ago a small swarm came out of that hive, swarmed on a nearby tree (about 20 yards away). I called a friend to see if she wanted the swarm (I am now out of equipment from accommodating swarms). Right after I hung up, the swarm returned to the hive and stayed. The next day was rain and wind. Yesterday, a medium sized swarm flew out of that hive again, this time about 50 yards away and landed about 40-50 feet high in a cherry tree. No way to get it so I waved bye, bye. About 15 minutes later, they all flew back home and marched into the hive like a carpet. Within only a few minutes, the colony was as calm as could be. Today, cold...rain...wind, everyone staying in the hive. But, for all of this week, they have stayed in a cluster near the entrance...other colonies are staying flatter, working around their hive. I have a feeling they are gonna take off again, weather permitting...

So...WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THESE BEES THAT COME BACK????

Thanks for any help/opinions!