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  1. #1
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    Jul 2012
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    El Cerrito, CA, USA
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    Default First Swarm Question

    Hi all, so I captured my first swarm on 4/30 -- good sized cluster. I hived them first in a nuc, and then, when they looked cramped, in an 8 frame deep. They've pulled about 3-4 deep frames of comb, and the queen is there. When I first looked at her, she looked pretty small (she's almost all yellow, with a bit of black on the very end of her butt). On inspection today, she looks bigger, and I even saw a little egg dangling out of her as she was wandering around. But here's the thing -- I can't see any larvae yet. There may be eggs, but the comb is so white, and the bees so thick, that I can't tell. No capped brood either, obviously. How long does it take for a recently swarmed hive to get capped brood? I suppose it's possible that I had a virgin queen, and she still had to do her mating flights. But any thoughts that the rest of you, with more experience than I, might have to offer, would be great. Thanks!

  2. #2
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    Sep 2012
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    Vancouver, WA
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    Default Re: First Swarm Question

    Check back in 10 days if you see capped brood, you are all set.

  3. #3
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    Feb 2010
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    Park City Ky
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    Default Re: First Swarm Question

    I am with Ravenzero on this one. Sometimes it takes a while for a swarm to clean the hive, draw comb, and the queen to get started laying eggs. They will need to gather some pollen and make some honey before she starts laying.

    cchoganjr

  4. #4
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    Default Re: First Swarm Question

    Thanks! As usual, my question joins the ranks of the "anxious parent" questions that are the signature of newbies, but I appreciate the quick response.

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