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  1. #1
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    Default Unexpected swarm......what happened?

    My Neighbors best hive swarmed this morning unexpectedly. They werent that crowded, had about 6 frames mostly built out in the second brood box. I wouldnt think that overcrowding was the problem. Im guessing supersedure. Maybe the original queen wasnt performing and they ran her off? With a bunch of bees. If thats the case, a virgin queen will take how long to get things straight, assuming she makes it back from her mating flight? Any thoughts?

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    Default Re: Unexpected swarm......what happened?

    If you can figure out why bees swarm you will get nominated for a Nobel Prize!

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    Default Re: Unexpected swarm......what happened?

    Oh, I should have added, there are still alot of bees in the hive.

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    Default Re: Unexpected swarm......what happened?

    14 days for a queen cell to hatch. Usually 7 - 10 from that before you will see eggs again.

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    Default Re: Unexpected swarm......what happened?

    thanks kevinva, I will pass along the information. I guess we should immediately inspect to be sure there is a queen cell, if not order a mated queen?

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