A fellow beek asked me a question I don't know the answer.
Can a newly caught swarm be successfully requeened within 24hours or even immediately after capturing a swarm?
Thanks for answers!
I would say the answer to your question would be yes. But this brings up a second question...WHY?
YES------one reason would be the odds are she is an old QUEEN -- if U have a young proven QUEEN
I just called a friend of mine that has had bees for many years and catches lots of swarms. He said, this spring he captured most of a large swarm, but missed the queen. The bees were so high in a tree that they used a bucket on a long pole and was able to capture a good portion of the bees, but when he got home with the bees he discovered that he didn't have a queen. He set the bees up in a nuc and took a frame of young brood, shook all the bees off the frame then installed it in his swarm nuc. He said the bees immediately covered the frame of brood. In 4 days he went back in the nuc, and found several new queen cells. He let them raise a queen, and they have now grown into a strong healthy hive. So if they are willing to make a queen they would be willing to accept a new queen if introduced like introducing her into any other hive. So yes a new swarm would accept a new queen, but again why? Without giving your swarm queen a chance you wouldn't know if you were replacing a good queen with an unproven and possibly inferior one!
I catch swarms for the genetics. A feral swarm has at least survived the previous winter presumably without medication, I don't know where all the managed hives are and I want those survivor genetics. We have a guy in our club that requeens all his swarms with queens out of CA and I've offered to take all his swarm queens to requeen splits. Might get a few duds but can get some boomers too.
I found that a swarm will often requeen itself fairly quickly after settling into their new hive.
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I'd requeen it in a heartbeat, placing a royal cell in there and culling the old swarm queen. If you don't want a hive that swarms a lot, one is better off not building hives from queens that swarmed to begin with. And even if it costs a royal cell, it's still a freebie package of bees.
"I catch swarms for the genetics. A feral swarm has at least survived the previous winter presumably without medication,"
Now that's quite an assumption.
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I know some keeps in our area that have had 30% losses during the summer with queens from California that winter in Florida and were treated for mites this spring before the trip back north. I've yet to lose a hive in the summer.
The 3 swarms I caught superxeded themselves within two weeks.
Yes you can re queen a newly caught swarm. As a mater of fact, it is easier to requeen a swarm than a strong established hive.
As for the other debate. When I started out beekeeping the only bees I had were from swarms. I kept 40 hives for 5 years without ever buying a single bee. I love catching swarms and 99% of the time they make great productive colonies.
This tread was started in 2012 so not sure that this will help you but our take is on this, is to requeen with a queen you know where it is from, genetics, etc. and how old she is. You don't want to get in the middle of the season or the winter months with an old queen. Our two cents...
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