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    Default swarming process what to expect?

    So i got out today to check the swarm traps and one of them has a whole bunch of bees going into it. I watched for about 5-10mins and the bees seem to stay in there for several mins before leaving, then more bees ( maybe same ones i dunno) return and go into the trap.
    Im assuming this is all encouraging news since there is nothing to rob out in there. Its a 10 frame deep single hive with lemongrass oil bait. Has 3 old brood frames and a few empty frames with starter strips.

    What do i expect now? If they choose to move in when does that happen? how many days is the norm to check out the new digs?

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    they looked mine over for a month and a half. it was so thick with bees one day I closed it and moved it that night. opened it a few hours later.

    the next morning I looked at it and no bees going in and out so I lifted the lid.. 1 bee flew out.

    I put it back up and 2 weeks later, after non stop activity, I saw a huge swarm arrive @ 1pm and within 20 minutes, they were all in the box.
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    ok cool...ill keep watching it. This is a new part of beekeeping for me and actually really bloody exciting!

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    RV,

    Until you see bees going in with pollen, figure a swarm has not moved in yet.

    With in a few hours to a day, they will be pulling pollen in. That is a sure sign a swarm moved in.

    Put your Mellon up there, watch, and soon as you see the pollen, grab a coolie and kick back and watch, thinking ,,,, I just trapped me a swarm here !!!

    I don't disturb anything until I see the pollen. It's a sure sign !

    Good luck !

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    Quote Originally Posted by aran View Post
    this was nuts!
    you can't see it in the video but it was like a funnel cloud of bees.. it was pretty cool to watch.
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