Re: Package Compared to a Swarm
From what I have ssne, A swarm will have a few days it just goes gang busters. will draw comb like mad and fill much fo that comb with the nectar honey pollen or whatever. then they go into a lull. Often in order to supersede their queen. this results in about a 4 week nothing is going on period. then they start up again is they are any good. if not forget it. they can hang on forever as a fist size clump of bees if they want to.
The only way I see around this is to capture a swarm wait one week. catch the queen and replace her with a mated queen. remove all queen cells if they have been started. wait another week and check for queen cells again. keep this up until the bees give up the idea of supersedure. A mated queen being able to lay for a month could and should have a 5 frame box expanded to 10 fraems minimum and more likely already working on a second box. I have a swarm in a 5 frame box that is a month old. it is still in 5 frames due to the bees superseding their queen right off the bat. brood is just now starting to appear in this hive.
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