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  1. Combining a hive without a queen

    Splits/Combines
    Hi I have one of my two hives did a late season swarm at the end of August. The swarm wound up in a pine tree 25 feet off the ground and unaccessible for recovery. I found 2 open swarm cells on one frame that both look like they had queens emerge. I did an inspection but could not find a queen...
  2. Swarm Left Behind Very Few Bees

    Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    After a short trip away, I came back to find that my hive had swarmed. Actually, it looked completely empty with nothing coming or going on a hot sunny day. My husband and I stared to dismantle what we assumed was an empty hive (there was an ant nest under the bottom box, which we thought...
  3. 5 Week old swarm, what am I looking at here?

    Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Im new to beekeeping and using the time to catch swarms, observe and talk to my other keepers but I am really stumped on this one. The hive has varying stages of all kinds of things, some sparse brood(I think?), sparse drone (for sure...) cells with a CRAZY number of eggs, then a whole ton of...
  4. Bearding on swarm trap bait hive. Hot nights. Lure outside. How to move

    Bee Forum
    good day! After 2 years of no success, my bait hive has tenants. There is a little problem though. The situation: 1 The bait hive is on a maple tree at about 30 ft. 2 There is a huge beard outside of the hive, especially on the side, where... 3 I did spill quite a bit of lemongrass on the...
  5. two hives, maybe queenless

    Bee Forum
    Hello group. This is my second year beekeeping and things were great up until two weeks ago. My experience in the first year was great - both hive grew two brood chambers and full two supers each - resulting in 85lb of raw honey. Real easy......right :) This year, everything was going...
  6. Swarm video - bees building ladder using their own bodies

    Photo/Video Gallery
    The other day a swarm decided to move in to a lure hive I put out for them. I caught them on video, saw the queen and helped her in, when to my surprise they built a ladder to bridge the gap to the landing board to help their sisters march. Here's the video I created for family and friends...
  7. Swarmed hive has cluster under hive still

    Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hi All, I had a swarm today, and for the first time ever- I got it! The hive (I believe was the one) that swarmed still has a cluster, and It's been over 3 hours. The weather is only in the 60s. I'm in Louisville, KY. I did not spot the queen when I put the swarm into it's new home, but the...
  8. ProNuc as Swarm Trap?

    Equipment/Hardware
    Has anyone used, or considered using, the ProNuc (Pro Nuc) as a swarm trap? Seems like a cost effective use for them, but I haven't actually seen one in person so am curious if anyone things they are sturdy enough for that task.
  9. Did I lose a swarm?

    Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hi all, A similar question is posted in new beekeepers, with apologies. I accidentally found bees in a trap (having seen no activity), but very few bees, with the only comb as shown in the linked photo. Even at night, there are maybe 10-20 bees in the hive. What may have happened, and is...
  10. Does absence of comb indicate queenlessness?

    Beekeeping 101
    Two weeks ago a swarm landed in an upside-down flower pot in my neighbor's yard. When I went to transfer them to my Langstroth box yesterday they hadn't started any comb yet, which I found peculiar. They had some wax deposits on the inside walls of the planter and they had been diligent about...
  11. Swarm season imminent, one booming hive, too cold to inspect...

    Bee Forum
    I have an overwintered hive that I'm hoping will try to swarm, because I want to make up splits and use swarm cells. The earliest swarms in my area are around March 25; more typically they get going the first or second week or April. The weather has been too cold to do a good inspection, but the...
  12. Too early to split?

    Bee Forum
    Six hives seem to be typical but I have two that may expand too fast - Last year, each of these two had swarmed by 3/15. one is currently three medium supers, probably packed out and the other is four meds with a little honey left in the top from last year. I'm setup where I think I have about...
  13. Does a fall swarm ever return to the originating hive?

    Beekeeping 101
    Do fall swarms ever return to the originating hive? This colony has a very full deep and very full medium and the number of bees surprised me when I took a good look today. Wall to wall bees. I'm sure it's hard to track bees, but wanted to see if anyone had large population influxes before...
  14. Left Behind Bees

    Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    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, I’d 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...
  15. 2nd Swarm

    Beekeeping 101
    Ordered 2 nuc colonies this spring. Arrived on July 17. Came with complete hives (lid, bottom board, box) plus 4 frames of brood w/queen, 1 frame honey, 1 in hive feeder, 4 new frames. I removed empty feeder next day and replaced with empty frame. Box almost full therefore added another deep...
  16. Swarm 1 week ago and I think I destroyed the new larvae

    Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    My bees swarmed a week ago. I'm guessing it was due to some overcrowding since I haven't been able to check on the hive lately. After the swarm, I added an empty large super on top. I went into the hive yesterday and there hasn't been any building of new comb in the new super. They have also...
  17. Newbee trying to move a recent swarm to a new hive.

    Beekeeping 101
    Howdy, I'm a newbee that feels like I finally got a sign that I should start beekeeping. I have been fascinated with bees for a while and my neighbor (who is also a newbee) and I are trying to get things started together. My neighbor already has a cleaned out hive, and I believe a swarm just...
  18. New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    Beekeeping 101
    Hi! I'm brand new to this - so I'm very glad to find a forum of experts! The title is a bit tongue in cheek as I am actually trying to figure out what could go wrong - just to be(e) ahead of the game... Yesterday I transferred a wild colony from a cooler to a Langstroth Hive. Here is a picture...
  19. Virgin queen swarmed

    Beekeeping 101
    Hi there. First year beekeeper. So i had a package of bees that killed the queen a month in. I found 11 queen cells. All were a mixture of emergecy/supercedure cells of various sizes and a couple swarm cells. I killed 3, put 3 in a nucbox and left 4(thought there was 10 and left 3 but i missed...
  20. Please Help, bees swarmed, captured them added to new hive, swarmed again.

    Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    My bees swarmed Thursday it rained on them Thursday though Saturday. I captured them in a box and awaited a new hive to arrive Sunday. Placed them in the new hive with LGO Sunday afternoon, in 3 hours they swarmed again.
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