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  1. #1
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    Oct 2011
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    Limestone, TN
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    Default Third Swarm's the Charm!

    I previously posted about a swarm I caught (my own bees) and rehived. They swarmed twice again, but both times returned home. I was able to watch them leave, swarm first time low in a tree and second time high in another tree and both times fly back home within about 20 minutes. Well, today they took off again, but not for very far. The landed only about 6 feet from their hive on the GROUND, with a medium sized clump of bees at one spot and a medium carpet of bees swarming through some tall broad weeds. They finally either ended up as one or some flew back home.

    They stayed almost an hour so I called a friend to see if she wanted the swarm. I really wanted them away from their hive and I don't have an alternate location more than 5 miles away. Since they had left over and over again, seemed to me they might settle in better at another apiary.

    Well...checked the remainder in the hive this evening and they are all balled up at the entrance just like last night...suitcases packed, ready to bail if there is good weather tomorrow. I'm a pretty new beekeeper, but they are EXACTLY the same right now at their entrance as they were last night. This swarm was hived with two capped queen cells from which a queen should have emerged around a week ago or so. Just can't figure this hive out. I have not inspected it because it is so unstable. Was planning on inspecting it tomorrow since the swarm swarmed and was taken away...but now I'll be watching for them to leave again.

    Any advice on how to handle this colony and it's behavior would be much appreciated!!! Thanks ahead!

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    Default Re: Third Swarm's the Charm!

    Postie - I have no advice, but am curious what happened afterwards...if you don't mind.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Third Swarm's the Charm!

    Interestingly, they have stayed so far and not swarmed again. Because they have been so unstable, I have not inspected the colony for production, queen, activity, etc. However, just yesterday, a hive I split took off. It was the half without a queen and they swarmed midday. I got everything ready to catch them and box them up, but while they were swarmed and clustered I went to their original box to see if there might be an extra frame of brood available. I was under the assumption that surely the virgin queen must have mated and started egg laying and the colony was feeling crowded, and decided to swarm. While I was looking into their parent hive...the cluster took to the air again and went back into their hive! This has happened to me over and over this season and I'm at a loss. Even worse is that while looking into the box they came from, I found no queen, no eggs, no larvae and only very little capped brood left...very, very little.

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