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  1. #1
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    Mar 2013
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    Harrison,Arkansas
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    Default question about swarming

    I have a question about swarming. My bees swarmed on one of my hives this morning and looks like about half of them stayed in the hive. Can someone tell me what is going to take place now with the ones left in the hive?

  2. #2
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    Jul 2013
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    Louisville, KY
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    Default Re: question about swarming

    There are most likely capped queen cells in the hive to replace the queen that left. They will hatch in the next week. The virgin will hang around the hive, eat and harden up, then go on mating flights and return to lay eggs. The time of swarm to laying takes anywhere from 15 to 25 days. More likely closer to 20 days if the hive was strong doing well.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2013
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    Madisonville,TN
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    Default Re: question about swarming

    Burns is right on the money, the only thing I might add, is that be sure and check in a few weeks that the new queen made it back and is laying. Sometimes they get eaten by a bird, or just mate with a few drones and become poor queens. If that happens, you might want to buy a queen and install it in your hive.

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