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  1. #1
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    Default Sometimes you win, sometimes they swarm

    swarm1.jpg 50' up; swarmed early this morning. I split this TBH 3 weeks ago and took the original queen to a new hive. Lots of egg and young larvae left in the hive so planned on having some nice queen cells and subsequent queen. Must have missed an existing queen cell that was ready to hatch back when I made the split. I've put a couple of traps and maybe the scouts will like them.
    Ed

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    Default Re: Sometimes you win, sometimes they swarm

    And sometimes you can catch them again!

    Good luck with your bait hive. Hope the scouts find the new spot acceptable!

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    Default Re: Sometimes you win, sometimes they swarm

    Strange that it took them 3 weeks to swarm even if you did miss a cell when you did the split.

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    Default Re: Sometimes you win, sometimes they swarm

    Quote Originally Posted by jmgi View Post
    Strange that it took them 3 weeks to swarm even if you did miss a cell when you did the split.
    My thoughts also, left them plenty of room after the split. Hive was clean, no pests or any signs of distress. There still up there an starting light rain so apparently to scouts have not located anything they like. I have dozens of hollows trees around.
    Ed

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    Default Re: Sometimes you win, sometimes they swarm

    Well they finally left between 2 & 3pm today. Took them a while to find a new home. Hope they come and visit you.
    Ed

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    Default Re: Sometimes you win, sometimes they swarm

    Quote Originally Posted by jmgi View Post
    Strange that it took them 3 weeks to swarm even if you did miss a cell when you did the split.
    My bet is after you split they made a new queen and they swarmed with one of the new virgins!

    I have had this happen to me twice this year and once last year.

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