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Very new .... No bees yet.

The evening of the 6th My cousin called and said a swarm had attached to the eave boards of her home. I had very little idea as to what I was doing other than what I have read. I grabbed my stuff and a ladder and rushed over to see if I could figure out what to do. Upon arrival it looked like a no brainer. I climbed up and scraped those little beauties into an ice chest. WOW !!! That was easy, I packed up and went home. I set the ice chest out to rest a while after the drive home. I set up a hive (my first one ) and proceeded to dump the contents of the ice chest into the hive. (I'm still guessing as to just exactly what to do). As soon as they hit the bottom of the hive they began to crawl out and over the edge. I quickly replaced the frames I had removed and closed up the hive. I put out an entry feeder with 1:1 syrup.

About mid day the 7th this is what I saw.



I suspect the queen crawled out the evening before and she is in the middle of all that. They are eating about 2/3 of a quart a day of the syrup.

All day today I snuck back to see what was going on. It's dark now and they are still there. This will be the third night in my bee yard but the second night in that swarm attachment...

What's going on??? I need some guidance.





 

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I think if it was me I'd try propping the back of the lid up with a stick and they may just move right in. Not sure why they staying outside the box unless the are a queenless bunch of bees maybe. Time will tell the story.
 

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Prop the cover open(just enough for the bees to get in) where the bees are in the back. I see you have a very small opening and it is on the opposite side of the hive as the bees are. The queen could have been on the outside and the bees don't know enough to go around to the front door that is open for them.
 

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It's a cold (42 F) and rainy afternoon of the 9th.

I wedged the top open a bit late last night. They haven't budged a single bee. I probably would have turned the hive 180 degrees but I didn't get that post until this morning. I may still do that this evening.

Everything looks exactly the same.

Tomorrow is supposed to be a high of 63 F. Maybe that will help them out a bit.

Can you sense my discouragement

Curt :s
 

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Feb 10. 10:29 am Day 4...

It froze last night and my bees were still attached to the outside of my hive box. I was afraid they had perished in the night. It’s supposed to warm to 63 F today.

I couldn’t stand it any longer. Each day I was watching the pile of dead bees grow at the bottom of the attachment. The wife and I decided to remove the top try to gather/sweep them into the hive. I sincerely think it worked. There were already a few bees inside the box but the large majority was still clinging to the outside/back of the box... Gather and dump. Gather and dump. They really were not difficult to handle. We managed to get most ( 90% ) of them in the hive and the rest seemed either dead or frozen stiff or in flight..

This has been my first personal, live bee experience. Thank you for your help.

Curt
 

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what I do when I have to shake or dump a swarm into a hive is staple a empty body on top of one full of frames. It works like a funnel and provides alot of room until they can move down. With the cover at ready I pour or shake and cover. The next day I take the empty one off and shake the clingers.
 

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If you don't catch a swarm using the hive body they are going to be in- Dump them on the ground at the entrance with no entrance reducer in place. Make a little ramp for them to walk up or place the hive body with bottom board directly on the ground. Most of the time thay will march right in, workers line the entrance, raise their butts and release pheremones for the rest to follow.
 

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It sounds as though you brushed the swarm into the ice box, closed it up and went home right away. It's best to give them some time to cluster up in the container which would indicate the queen is in there with them before going home. The queen may have been left behind.
A frame of eggs and larva would confirm or time will tell.
 
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