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requeening swarms?

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I have caught a number of swarms and find many of them even though they were large swarms, they seem to just head down hill. I check them and there is some brood and eggs, but it is scattered. Perhaps the queen is old? I am new to bees and am considering requeening all the swarms I catch. Anyone else out there do this, it seems like it is worth a try.
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How long did you wait?
I love swarms..sometimes it's not so good but sometime awesome.
One of my two swarms, [small after swarm] I checked
after about 3 to 4 weeks, only half a box of bees but 3 frames now have almost wall to wall
brood,....have never seen it like this.
Perhaps you still have the old queen...then I would re-queen.
Thats a personal preference. If the queen is not doing good swarm or no swarm you need to do something about it. It has nothing to do with it being a swarm or not. Here in Florida the state advises you requeen all uknown swarms but, for a different reason. Has more to do with AHB even though we don't have any in North Florida yet.
Like mentioned above, you will get some swarms that seem to be duds (these I usually pinch the queen and combine) and others a tremendous layers.
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