Left Behind Bees
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Miami Florida USA

    Default Left Behind Bees

    I had a very strong hive in a bad location. Two days ago I went to move it about fifty feet. When I got there it was in the process of swarming. Very impressive, Iíd never seen that before.

    The swarm formed up on the ground near by and I was able to scoop them up and put them into a 10 frame deep. I put a queen includer on the entrance and gave them a quart of syrup.

    I went ahead and moved the original hive fifty feet and put brush in front of it. I then put an empty nuc box back at the original location.

    It looks like I got the queen with the swarm as bees are coming and going to that box.
    The hive I moved seems to have accepted the move and they are coming and going as they should.

    Now Iíve got a bunch of bees that didnít get moved or go with the swarm in the nuc box. What the heck do I do with them? They have no queen or supplies to make one. Iíd like to have them rejoin the old hive or the swarm.

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Winston-Salem, NC

    Default Re: Left Behind Bees

    They'll figure it out, their days are numbered anyway.
    NCSBA Certified Beekeeper 2nd yr 15 hives

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    West Bath, Maine, United States

    Default Re: Left Behind Bees

    Shake them out in front of one of the hives and take away the box. Done your part.
    It is hard to design a safety net that some will not use as a hammock.

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Auckland,Auckland,New Zealand

    Default Re: Left Behind Bees

    The mistake was putting a box there for them. best to leave nothing at all they could cluster on, they then fly in wide circles and eventually find their hive if the move has only been 50 feet.

    My suggestion would be shake them at the front door of the parent hive at dusk. Some will return to the old site next day but don't leave anything there for them, you may end up losing a few.
    "Every viewpoint, is a view from a point." - Solomon Parker

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