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  1. #1
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    Default Practice Swarm

    Yesterday our bees did what I'm calling a practice swarm - they swarmed up to a tree about 20 feet up and clustered for about an hour in a football sized swarm with lots of bees still flying around, then they returned to the hive and are clustered on the outside. In doing a little research, it seems like it is possible that the queen was unable to fly so they returned to the hive, potentially to wait for a new queen to swarm with? Can I capture the swarm while they are on the outside of the hive and place the old queen in the box with them?

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    Default Re: Practice Swarm

    welcome to the forum g!

    i've never tried that, but i don't see why it wouldn't work.

    if you want to keep the old queen and don't want to risk losing the swarm, why not go ahead and split them out?
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: Practice Swarm

    Welcome to Beesource!

    For more information on splitting, see this page from Michael Bush:

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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