So I went out to feed (frame feeder with 2:1 sugar water) the swarm that I caught last Sunday and put into a deep 5-frame nuc box. When I opened the nuc box there was a bunch of bees, but it didnt look as crowded as it did on Sunday nite. Then I looked behind me and a huge ball-o-bees was hanging out on the same limb of the same cherry tree that I collected the swarm in the first place.
Question: Was it the same swarm that left the nuc box and went back to the tree, or was it a brand new swarm from the hive? (I assume the former).
Unless you are in need of nucs, the swarm should have been
placed in a single hive body, a prime swarm would be
overcrowded in a 5 frame nuc.
Prime swarms are the best 'comb-builders' and 'brood makers'
and usually grow rapidly to be mature honey producing colonies.
So restricting prime swarms in nucs would IMO, would be a waste
of this natural want for them to expand, (unless your goals at this
time do not foresee a need for comb, brood, or mature, honey
When hiving swarms, a queen includer should be used.
Sometimes, a swarm will split, or a missed queen will cause what you
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