June 13, 2013
I'm ChrisDH. I'm a new bee keeper. I have two hives that I've just got two packages of bees and they are doing just fine. My neighbor just cut down a tree that had a wild hive in it. I tried to capture the bees and put them into a new hive, but I can't tell if I've gotten the queen. I've swept two large quantities of bees into a nuc, and put them in a hive. Last batch I got still left several bees in the tree. Yesterday the remaining bees swarmed. Does that mean that I didn't get the queen?
I've read your previous questions regarding bees swarming and that the queen should be in the swarm, but nobody ever actually answered the question "Will bees swarm without a queen?".
The bees I've captured are going in and out of the new hive, but I think it's too soon since capturing them to check it out. So can an experienced bee keeper who has experience in getting bees out of a tree hive give me an answer? Thank you ChrisDH.