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    Default bees left one hive for another?

    i did a cut out 2 days ago and put bees along with comb in a hive. today the hive is empty but the one next to it doubled in population. it seems they adopted the other queen as their own i have never heard of this before. im guessing the queen from the cutout was accidently killed or lost. has anyone else ever heard of this happening

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    Default Re: bees left one hive for another?

    I have read about drift to a queenright hive did you put in any brood or eggs from the cutout for them to raise a queen on ?

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    Default Re: bees left one hive for another?

    yes they had brood and eggs i used rubberbands to attach pieces of comb to 5 frames

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    Default Re: bees left one hive for another?

    no other discussion?

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    Default Re: bees left one hive for another?

    Drifting is a fact of life. It is often worse if something happens to the queen in their hive, or they have been totally disrupted (as in a cutout).
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: bees left one hive for another?

    I imagined drifting as a few bees here and there accidently going to the wrong hive. I never imagined every single bee picking up and moving next door

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    Default Re: bees left one hive for another?

    When one hive is queenless and the one next door is not, drifting can get extreme. Even if one is a good young queen and the other is either an old queen or a virgin queen, neither of which makes as much QMP, they may drift badly.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: bees left one hive for another?

    Quote Originally Posted by mann View Post
    no other discussion?

    if that was for me, sorry, I didn't see this thread again for awhile, I have no other ideas either other than drifting, and I have very little experience with that, If you wan't a second hive wait for them to settle for awhile, and then spit the now stronger hive.

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